Waste of Time

“Why make things so difficult for the viewer?
“We are a consumer-society, and it seems to me that art has
become a passive ‘spectator sport’ to an extent unprecedented in history. I
have always tried to work against this tendency by producing ‘occasions for
interpretation’ rather than ‘objects for consumption’. I believe that the ability
to produce rather than consume meanings, and the ability to think otherwise
ways of thinking not encouraged by the imperative to commodity
production, ways condemned as ‘a waste of time’ – is fundamental to the
goal of a truly, rather than nominally, democratic society. I believe art is one
of the few remaining areas of social activity where the attitude of critical
engagement may still be encouraged
– all the more reason then for art to
engage with those issues which are critical.”

— Victor Burgin

 

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