The arts and economic health
Whether it’s a bellwether or a barometer or something in between, the arts share a fascinating relationship with local, regional, and national economies. In the following links, we hear some good news about that relationship, learn about an innovative way of approaching it, and listen to a rebuke on where its talent and labor come from and end up:
What if, like local farmers, local artists found a way to make a living within the context of their specific place, rather than within some generic model created for somewhere else that wastes 58% of what it grows? And why can’t those places include rural areas, where people are just as interested in being entertained and enriched?
Chris Poole and internet culture
In any serious discussion about the culture of the internet, the discussion should ultimately include 4chan, the web bulletin board that has brewed countless memes and fads (also, porn). Recently, Rhizome sat down with Chris Poole, the bonafide internet elder statesman who created 4chan as a 15 year old in 2003. Since then, he’s been working on apps and platforms that encourage creativity and community, including Canv.as and the newly released DrawQuest, and his impressions of the role of digital platforms in creative life shouldn’t be missed.
Over in the UK, artists are tossing aside traditional tools of creating art and getting their hands dirty with, well, dirt. And rocks. And trees. Practitioners of land art (or Earth art) use natural elements to create designs and formations that exist as a part of a given landscape, often far away from the disruptions of civilization. As Hyperallergic reports, land art is having a moment in the UK with a number of significant new contributions to the form and a couple of gallery retrospectives.
‘Dungeons and Dragons’ and its influence on modern culture
PBS Arts Off Book recently released this excellent video that traces the massive influence tabletop gaming has had on our culture while promoting the idea of collective storytelling. Definitely worth checking out.
Image: this gorgeous mural was created for the Mural-Istanbul Festival in Turkey. Be sure to click through to see more angles; there’s a lot going on. h/t Wooster Collective.