Saturday, March 05, 2011

l'artiste JR

Thanks to Jeff's post on the subject, I made the acquaintance of French multimedia artist JR. If you haven't done so already, please read Jeff's post, then go watch this TED video of JR explaining what he does and what he sees as art's role in the world. I like JR's transgressive spirit and the fact that he's doing what he can to build connections between people-- even people from opposite side of the world, both geographically and spiritually-- and I especially enjoyed his refreshingly unpretentious take on what art is and does: for JR, art isn't what changes the world: art is merely a catalyst that leads to discussions that lead to action that changes the world. What a relief it is to hear that.

[NB: If you're in piracy-rife Korea and can't see Hulu (I know that some folks on the peninsula can, but that's not true for everyone), you can watch this 5-minute YouTube video that covers many of the same bases as the TED talk.]


1 comment:

Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Jeff's post is superficial and boring. Why read a minor-league blogger who knows little about art and less about the artist JR? Go read the source Jeff borrowed from. You'll learn more that way!

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