File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 102


Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2008 20:01:43 -0500
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bread & Puppet controversy


i love you matieu, i love almost all puppeteers....
what you raise about the cheap art manifesto, is precisely part of
its brilliance,
it is the conversation that begins,
because we do live in capitalism,

hey this lady really blew my mind let me share . her...document seh
prensente dher in vanc. to a bunch of artist...(for social change)

res[ect/
r.

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On Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 12:30 PM, Mathieu René
<<mailto:creaturiste-AT-primus.ca>creaturiste-AT-primus.ca> wrote:

>>i work and live by the cheap art manifesto .written by bread & Puppets.
>
>   peace.
>   r.


I have the cheap art manifesto printed and displayed in my studio.
It contains a lot of inspirational concepts. Some are idealistic.
I don't see how someone can take it all litterally and apply it as-is,
without compromise.
If you really do, can you tell us how you manage?

For instance, the manifesto seems to say that Art should be cheap and
accessible, which I have nothing against. But should all art be made cheap
or free? What does that tell to the artists who want to make a living at
what they do best, and work hard at it? What does that say to the world, who
obviously already thinks that Art is less valuable than other careers?
It's wrong to think that way, as anyone with eyes can see that artists make
the world interesting, they create variety, wonderful pleasing forms where
function alone would not do.
While artists may not save lives as immediately and as obviously as doctors
or firefighters, they really do save lives everyday, with the inspiration
and motivation and education Art can bring.

My application of what I get from the manifesto is that there are many
levels, types and applications of Art.
Some of it can be given for free, some of it should be paid fairly. All of
its teachings should be made available to those who need and want it.

In an ideal world where people would be fair-minded and un-jealous, all
careers would earn the same keep, and all would benefit from everyone's full
involvement. Full blooming of everyone's potential and interests.

We don't live in an ideal world.
So we can work toward it, while still needing to adjust to the current
reality.

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