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Shannon Skye Robinson
Aug 01, 2021
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Consumerist culture has taken over the art industry; these ideologies are forcing art to lose its cultural and societal value. The consumerist framework has brought about 'High Art', forcing well-known artists into the hands of the extremely powerful and extremely wealthy, creating an elitist artistic society. 'For art to serve its purpose- or rather, purposes- it must be radically situated within the life of a community and under the control of ordinary people...Art must be decentralised and democratised. There ought to be numerous creative activities performed by numerous individuals that seek, not for the artist to succeed in the capitalist culture industry, or to appear in a glossy art magazine, but for the artist and all those who gather around the creation and dissemination of artworks to add value to the shared experience of their community.' (Krause, 2011: 15). Leading on from gained connections, developed practice, and in-depth research, we have created a virtual art platform that focuses on art, creativity, sustainability, and culture. This platform hosts virtual events/ exhibitions, and blogs as well as inviting artists for interviews, takeovers, and workshops. The concept was to build a democratic creative community that meets regularly to make decisions, and tackle issues creatively and collaboratively. This is an ongoing project that will develop and evolve as time goes on. New ideologies surrounding the arts would allow works to be valued on their cultural and societal value as opposed to monetary gain. These new frameworks could create a balanced ecosystem and society which work in unison to build a stronger, sustainable future. New ideologies surrounding the arts would allow works to be valued on their cultural and societal value as opposed to monetary gain. These new frameworks could create a balanced ecosystem and society which work in unison to build a stronger, sustainable future. Together, we stand for inclusion, representation, and democratisation within the arts.
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