Following on from the discussion on the Brecht text that Andrew and I have been having here I thought I would put forward the following ideas about how to produce art politically;
‘literary works cannot be taken over like factories’ Brecht*
‘To make a political film is not the same as to make films politically’ Godard**
‘All art is subject to political manipulation except that which speaks the language of this same manipulation’ Zizek***
the Brecht and Zizek quotes have been stuck on my studio wall for some time now, I can across the Godard one today while waiting for a video to render. I have been wanting to put the Brecht quote into the mix since John touched on the co-option of the protest movement by galleries below. I suppose I am wondering about the two fronts of wider dissent (which is ‘allowed’ by the mechanisms of art) and of critique of art within art (which is frowned upon). I was hoping to unpick this a bit more but have become stuck, I thought therefore I would post something that others could engage with if they want.
*Popularity and Realism (1938)
**quoted in Harun Farocki Against What? Against Whom? (2009)
***quoted in Alexei Monroe The Interrogation Machine (2005)