Materiality, materialism and conceptuality – an essay about art as a philosophy without words, proposing art as an alternative to materialism, capitalism and the rest of enlightenment thinking

Here is the essay I wrote in support of my MA Fine Art, in August 2018. It tries to describe art in the biggest sense, as a philosophy without words – a way of seeing and understanding the world in an intuitive way. The essay suggests that art practice might provide us with an alternative…

Beuys at Ropac: embalming the revolution (or Utopia at the Stag Monuments, a case study in postmodernity)

25 April 2018. I visited the opening of the Joseph Beuys’ exhibition in London last week, hoping to catch a glimpse or an echo of the artist’s call to action, a call for personal development through creativity, that would lead to a social evolution and a democratic utopia. Instead, I found remains of a life…

How neoliberalism betrays the revolution – Cornel West criticises Obama scribe Ta Nehisi Coates

Black American philosopher Cornel West refutes the idea that America’s first black president delivered black emancipation. Obama protected imperialism, militarism, capitalism, neo-colonialism, and the patriarchy; while mouthing the words of tribalism (“at long last, a black president”). I’ve been struggling with my own instinctive support for ‘good guys’ Obama and Hilary Clinton, in the face…

Arts and humanities is the last refuge of ethics (vs science or economics) – funding art as a reflective practice – funding models other than REF

26 Oct 2017 After a recent Brighton University lecture about Fine Art Research, where we were challenged to justify the practice of art using the framework of science research, I commented that neither science nor economics have any framework they can use to examine the ethics of what they do. I mentioned  J.R Oppenheimer, the…