See below for a slideshow of the sketchnotes I made from last night’s Platform discussion – this time the guest speaker was artist and curator Shaun Featherstone.
Shaun showed us his work around creating an anti-Jubilee newspaper and prompted the debate with examples by other artists such as the Artist Taxi Driver. The discussion revolved strongly around the scale of an active artist; is it enough just to be an artist in order to make a stand? Also the influence of money, selling work and getting public funding, was talked about in the context of controversial projects such as André Stitt’s “White Trash Curry Kick” and Simon Pope’s “Gallery Space Recall“. This with other examples shed light on various views on an artist’s responsibility and morality and where the limit for appropriate art is drawn. The discussion seemed to conclude that the context of art and the viewers’ individual interpretations make it difficult to provide a yes or no answer to the title.
The Platform still has two more discussions to go and they are free but you need to book. For more info and to take part in the online conversation, visit the Platform web page on the Diffusion website.