12/04/2011

"...The discussion would lead, ultimately to the question: is there a role in a democracy for artists  --given their uncomfortable and at times unmanageable egos-- and for the artistic process --given its intractability and its inability to perform, or indeed occur, as or when programmed? The advent of a great artist is unprogrammable, and as Lou Kahn said, 'we didn't know we needed a Mozart until we got one'.  The ardour of the artist is insusceptible to the checks and balances --the voting, the committees, the reviews-- we proudly build into our democratic systems, yet if art, if passion of many times goes elsewhere when faced with these constraints, does democracy lose out?..."
"Towards an Active Socioplast"

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Denise Scott Brown