Art as Competition?

by Ian Mozden of Out of Line Theatre

——-Original Message——-
From: ian<email address>
To: name@conseildesarts.ca
Subject: Re: “turning” art into gold
Sent: 15 May ’12 11:58

To Whom It May Concern,

Why is the Canada Council associating itself with “olympic” games?  I’m a 34 year old artist in Winnipeg. As the “olympic” spirit is so intertwined human rights violations, I’m kinda shocked that artistic practices are being encouraged in this “pit-matching for tops” direction.

Try not turning “art into propaganda.” Perhaps a different metaphor to represent the spirit of young artists should be considered?  I know I am not among them – from the moment I see the rhetoric, I dismiss it (I delete the email).  Someone holding a megaphone is a strong signal of this.

Maybe show the wizard behind where the “gold” came from, so to speak (in the-just-as- fantastical, but more imaginative alchemical way).

Who are you representing?  Who are you luring with this campaign?

I’m realizing this is a boycott message.

I guess this is just feedback on the matter.

Thanks for your consideration,

Ian Mozdzen
outoflinetheatre – Winnipeg
www.outoflinetheatre.com

(PS.  I just watched the video – http://jeuxfranco.canadacouncil.ca/ –  did anyone get anything from FULL METAL JACKET?)

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow Marine recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting set in 1968 in Hue, Vietnam. Director: Stanley Kubrick

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