Rough Notes: Sustainability


Aristotle and Heinlen

Tinguely and Deconstructivism


Malevitch and Constructivism

The Original Unit One

Situationist and other existentialists

The Death of Glaciers, rhinos and rivers

deskilling and the comoditisation of skills

Klein, Tinguely and Nikki: Nouveau Realism

Bush-Cheney, Blair and Isil - Happy bedfellows in French and English Graves

Ecologists and NGOs

London Babylon

Kingsley Davis vs. Gandi

Rough Notes: Sustainability

It's all in the latest jargon and it's the coolest thing since sliced bread. Sutainability and social engagement. I say take heed. As Abe Lincoln once said, You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. In terms of potentially amibuous or impractical dogmatism, its close cousin is the phenomenon otherwise known as "greenwashing."


The greatest threat to education in the arts is deskilling and the subsequent brain and talent drain that is happening across North America and Western Europe. Unless sustainability arguments do anything to target this growing problem from bottom to top, the destructive machine that is capitalism, will contiue to wreak havoc unabated across continents and fragile ecosystems and sadly as well, the talent bank that is the culture sector.


I can’t count the rules of exemptions and exceptions that I've seen to sustainable development. Even in arguing for humanity and its accomplishments there are huge setbacks and time and time again power corrupts, leads to excess and harm is inflicted to other life. It would seem the only recourse to this pattern would be to stop making anything, eating and reproducing.


But wouldn't that also mean a stop to making any art? Conundrum of conundrums in conundrumland. I have found  a solution however and this is to see art more as a symbolic model than a literal one. In this way I am able to create art that instills hope and this I believe, is a kind of new deal pragmatism in light of so much human error.