“CODSWALLOP” IN ST. IVES AND FURTHER AFIELD
A STREET EVENT FROM THE ARTS CLUB TO THE TATE GALLERY
In the St. Ives September Festival
Saturday the 16th
Diogenes the Cynic and Philosopher/Performer lived from 404BC to 323BC.
One of his performances was to drag a large codfish through the street of Athens in reply to the question, “what is philosophy?”
My event, like Diogenes, is to drag a large codfish through the streets in order to highlight blindness and ignorance that pervades contemporary arts and intelligent thinking in ideas of modern and postmodern attitudes.
Diogenes rebelled against the norms of life, particularly in seeing most human beings as pitiful creatures that were persuaded to become obedient sheep.
Like Diogenes I feel constrained by the culture of our society and in particular by the pastiche-ridden styles of visual art in its confusion caused by the end of modernism. I have worked in West Cornwall since1994 for a more radical approach to the arts in painting and performance art. There has been little support for this thrust forward. However, I still believe that something soon will take place wherein the arts reflect and be more reflexive concerning our present state of bowing to the rule of economics. This event is also about the lack of intelligent writing about art. The follow up after the event will be to get together groups to discuss art writing/criticism. And a professional film will me made of this event and shown widely in Cornwall.