being a poet is very easy work
most of the time
you can do nothing at all
when you feel inspired
you write things down
being a poet does not pay very well
being a poet pays next to nothing
being a poet often pays nothing at all
Her Mom: A Found Poem
She’d spent most of her time in factories
or in kitchens, stocking shelves
or making beds in hotels
She’d never had health insurance
Her $11,000 a year paycheck was too much
so she had to quit her job
apply for disability
and pay the first hospital bills with her savings
F--k, I’m so sick of this country.
The following URLs link to various articles about anti-art. Some dispute the opinion that I offer in my previous posting.
Making art out of anti-art by Travis Hugh Culley
(a very well written article)
What is anti-art anyway? Can anti-art even exist? Isn't anti-art still art?
These are all good questions. Anti-art is obviously still art. It exists within the cultural context of the art world and it cannot exist without art. Before one is tempted to be smugly dismissive of the anti-art movement though, one needs to consider that just as anti-art exists within the world of art - art cannot exist within the broader context of culture without its own opposite - which is anti-art. So, anti-art must exist, even it it is a part of the art world. This is akin to the idea that post-modernism requires modernism to exist or there would be nothing for it to be "post".
On April 3rd of this year (2006) the members of Fluxlist established a collaborative community Blog. Incredibly, in less than two weeks the Fluxlist Blog has 36 members and has agathered more than 120 posts. All of these posts incorporate the Fluxus spirit of intermedia and collaboration. I recomend a visit by anybody interested in the new directions that Fluxus is taking while still maintaining the heart and soul of the original Fluxus movement.
Walter Cianciusi a Fluxlister and contemporary Fluxus artist has recently set up a Fluxus podcast which can be subscribed to using Apple iTunes.
To listen you just need to:
1. download iTunes 6 (free) for Mac or PC:
2. search for "Fluxus" in the Music Store page (podcast directory); 3. sign in "Fluxus" podcast.