Isn't the result of the ethical turn to say that the role of the artist today is to live and embody the role of the human being proper? As everyone else is instrumentalised by work and increasing specialisation, isn't the artists role not so much to produce art anymore but to exist as both:
a) the personification of a united society in general as a grounding for that society - that is, to display the unification of society on the representational level; and
b) the last arena left for any humanist/modernist/unmediated life project - that is, while everyone else is to keep society running, experiences life through mediated sensibility and totalising systems, the artist is the only one that can be said to be living life proper, for-itself. The role of the artist would thereby br to register, embody, live and actualise the avowed goal of societal labour, that being to live a life propoer to life itself, and accordingly one th registers and embodies the advancement of human ethics, self-actualisation, and collective actualisation.
Just out of interest, what's your take on Israel? I am not just asking because you're jewish, I was thinking about it the other day and I am pretty sympathetic to the arabs and Palestine in general, and Israel don't exactly go out of their way to make themselves appear in a sympathetic light in their actions. At the same time, I can see the reasoning and historical logic which gives the Iraelis their conviction in a Jewish state.
I watched this Louis Theroux doc on ultra Zionists who have settled on the Palestinian westbank, and there's really horrible Sydney Jew who sells property to families in this area who he interviews who is so unlikable and whose ideology is so extreme I 'd like to get your take on it to see if I'm not just being anti-Semitic.
So I have a concommitant question. What is it like to have a real, proper job, recognised broadly by society? What is it like being a wage worker? What does office work involve? What do you do all day? It seems to me like everyone I know who works in an office spends a lot of their time goofing off on the internet. Do you feel useful to society, that you are contributing to it's wellbeing in some small way? Or do you feel llike you're getting away with something? Is there any guilt invovled? Whats your daily routine in an office?I can't evern imagine what it's like working in that environment...I am kind of intimidated and awestruck by bureacracy.
can i ask a serious question. How do most artists support themselves to live? Do most work? What sort of jobs do they do ? How do the ones that don't work survive? How does this vary between young artists such as you, and slightly more established ones like the ones whose websites we'd often visit?