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“Anything can be art, all you have to do is change your mind.” ~ John Cage

Finding this quote in a book about the artist John Cage reminded me of the ‘trash project’ in 3-D thinking spring semester. When I began collecting my recyclable trash for that project, I was amazed at the amount quickly accumulated. Magnified billions of times around the world felt suffocating (I’m a very visual thinker). Over the summer I read, surfed, and watched many documentaries not only about trash and ecology, but also concerning the areas of the world that have been ‘harvested’ of their natural resources…. always at the detriment of the people who occupied the land within the countries from which these resources were taken. Corporations that saw HUGE profits without having to return much to the people have been negligent, often criminally, leaving the people with consequences of extraction processes that left their homeland so polluted they were contaminated with carcinogens or forced to leave their already impoverished existence and try to start over. The policies of these companies have not evolved and there is continued destruction. Three questions have been haunting me…

Where does it lead?

Where does it end?

When is it going to be too late?

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2 responses

  1. Great quotation from John Cage, and I’m delighted to see (and experience!) the passion for your subject matter carrying through over the summer and onto the pages of this semester’s work. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

    September 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  2. I am reminded of Allan Kaprow’s “yard”, I’m including a NYT link to some artists who have played off of his original happening in 1960.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/arts/design/13johnson.html

    ALSO I think Mel Chin’s projects are very much aligned with activist/creative thinking:
    “Revival Field”
    http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/chin/clip2.html

    Devil’s Night Crawlers
    and
    Fundred Dollar Project

    September 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

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