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Re: Performance Opportunity

Christopher Sumpton (artaud@vcn.bc.ca)
Tue, 21 Apr 1998 23:25:51 -0700 (PDT)

Jack;
I'm curious about your performance opportunity. Like how something could be
going on for a couple of decades and still have the nerve to offer artists an
honourarium in exchange for works of art, especially after printing and
mailing costs have been covered. What a strange sense of priorities you
have. Where I come from the people get paid first. Can you imagine an
artist going to a landlord and saying, "hey man, like, well, how bout if I
just pay you an honorarium", or better yet going to the grocery store and
picking out some food and offering the cashier an honorarium, or the phone
company, or the heat and light companies. Man, you'd get laughed right into
the clinker.

Before I get really pissed off about how artists are constantly being taken
advantage of by curators, bureaucrats, politicians, etc., let me make a
positive oriented suggestion:

How about for your socially/politically provocative visual and theatre art
performance works YOU REMOVE ALL TRACES OF ART FROM ALL PUBLIC PLACES in the
South Bay area. Get a whole shitload of black plastic and cover all the
statues, the fountains, the murals, everything.... Get a pack of emaciated,
strung-out artists to pose in butoh white, as naked and grotesque as
possible, dead at the foot of society, and take lots of pictures and put
those in your gallery. You write letters to your government saying that those
people will be on a hunger strike until you get a decent way to pay artists
properly for their work. Call the press, record it on video.

mercurius vivus
crs98
artaud@vcn.bc.ca