I pledge to focus the majority of my energies on finding and supporting contemporary cultural activity, whatever form that may take, that resonates wildly with the population and expresses what it is to be alive in the 21st century, not the past.
This is Dan Eastmond and his Bobby Ewing Moment. I like Eastmond’s thinking about the nature of culture, funding and the public.
Now here’s Brian Eno1 (I told you I’d be quoting him quite a bit):
So much of modern dance is a reaction against something that no one else cares about anyway.
I think this 1995 version of Eno is probably right, and I love the idea of dance resonating wildly with the population. But … I don’t make work that does this. I don’t know how to make work that does this. I also wonder what would happen to the work I make (and me) if I did.
Idea for new project (tentatively titled Wild population resonances): Make something that sells out Sadler’s Wells for 6 straight months but that is created without any Government (or private) seed funding.
Idea for another new project (working title: Small): Make something that is small scale, cheap and for very small audiences, that totally ignores what it’s like to be alive in the 21st Century, and that reacts against nothing.
Eno, Brian (1996). A Year With Swollen Appendices. London: Faber and Faber, p.43. Amazon link↩︎