Hello! It’s been ages, hasn’t it? Here is my humble explanation as to where BCauseARTS has been in the last few months:
Approximately three months ago, I embarked on the most unique opportunity offered to me: a chance to travel to several countries (i.e. the Balkan countries) to ignite my global artistic curiosity. For those unfamiliar with the Balkan countries, the region includes countries like Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. (I visited ALL but Serbia) I wanted to find answers to questions like: What is the influence of art to the community in other countries? How is art received in other cultures? What are artists doing in other countries that I haven’t seen Australian artists pursuing (creatively and economically)? Are artists in other countries also struggling to connect with audiences?
Questions like these haunted me throughout the adventure. However, I am happy to report that my curiosity has led to interesting, observational conclusions. Which now inspires me to follow up my experiences with research. Were my observational conclusions correct, or were they merely short-lived and misunderstood personal experiences?
Through sharing my experiences with friends, I have focused my desire to research in the following question: how has business ideals within western culture shaped today’s of art and culture sector as we know it?
Along the way, I would like to share my discoveries in the hopes that we can learn together. This new blog series will be called Did Curiosity Kill the Cat?. I encourage criticisms, praise, questions or even concerns from readers throughout the series. Please send feedback and dialogue. Let us share, learn and grow as a community of artists and art supporters!
“Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, sharing what you believe in with other people.” - Shepard Fairey, Contemporary Street Artist