How art can help to save the planet……
Afterwards, I found myself reading voraciously, soaking up books not normally on my agenda in an attempt to understand how we had got to this point. I read books on American foreign policy, on "resource wars" and our obsessive drive for oil. I found myself reading Noam Chomsky. Cutting through the noisy fug and disinformation of Bush\’s America, Chomsky\’s voice emerged as a beacon of clarity.
Chomsky? Clarity? Not sure you\’re really onto a winner there:
What was the most important thing I learned from Chomsky? That capitalism compels us to work ourselves to death in order to stuff our houses with things we don\’t need.
Eh? The worst you can say about capitalism is that it provides those who wish to stuff their houses with the ability to do so. Quite where the compulsion comes from I\’m not sure: and those who want to say the compulsion is to keep up with the Jones\’ need to point to the causative effect of capitalism upon that, rather than the innate drive to compete in the social heirarchy.
There are other things art can do. It can imagine the unimaginable.
Artists can bear witness. We are free radicals in a way that scientists can never be. Humanity may be on the brink of disaster, but this could be an exciting, creative period, with everyone – philosophers, artists, politicians, bus drivers – doing everything they can to avert it.
Pseuds\’ Corner has a place reserved for this sort of nonsense.
Anyway, the film itself is her asking Chomsky questions and him answering them: with her questions taken out and a period of silence left in for viewers to interpose their own questions. Yes, this is art, Chomsky rambling to camera.
In fact, this is such great art that it should be put on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. But live you understand, not filmed. Live, 24/ for a few weeks. In February.
That should get rid of them both nicely, shouldn\’t it?