Welcome to episode 1 of our new podcast.
We are Dr Sean Power and Leila Johnston. In this episode we wonder: are artists like doctors or school teachers, producing something of value and important that contributes to the smooth running of society? Does the ‘background’ art we find in hotels and new property developments have a value, beyond a kind of ‘serving suggestion’ of what art might be?
Questions raised in this episode
- Are artists like doctors or school teachers, producing something of value and importance that contributes to the smooth running of society?
- Does the ‘background’ art we find in hotels and new property developments have a value, beyond a kind of ‘serving suggestion’ of what art might be?
- Is it OK to police art, and offer support to some sorts of artists, and not others?
- How are we distinguishing between art we like and art we don’t?
Here are some links for what we talk about in the podcast:
- An article on artists’ problems with finding work space in Cork City, Ireland: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/culture/space-race-gets-urgent-in-cork-artists-having-difficult-time-finding-affordable-studios-938651.html. Also, recently, a (currently rare) popup art occupancy there: https://www.spareroomproject.ie/
- Also, on derelict Cork properties: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/specialreports/special-report-cork-city-on-the-rise-but-crumbling-to-the-point-of-collapse-in-places-938473.html.
- Rachel Whiteread. Sample of her art: House: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2003/nov/01/20yearsoftheturnerprize.turnerprize17
- Ron Mueck. Sample of his art from Wikipedia: Self-Portrait II: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2d/Ron_Mueck_head.jpg
- On Carravagio: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2005/feb/17/1 and Bernini: https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/powerofart/bernini.shtml
- A publicly accessible philosophy of art paper on Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will: https://philosophynow.org/issues/132/Beauty_versus_Evil
- ‘The Fox and the Stork’, Aesop’s Fables: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19994/19994-h/19994-h.htm#Page_44
- Damien Hirst’s Cells of Breast Cancer: http://damienhirst.com/m122337-cells-of-breast-cance
- Mark Wallinger’s Threshold to the Kingdom: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/wallinger-threshold-to-the-kingdom-t12811