I have not been to any art or writing workshop. But this dissolution of art/literature as a separate sphere and its integration into the communal social life sounds like a very great idea!
North Korean futurist architecture, credits to Koryo Group
,We need workshops that are based on mutual interest, collective development
collaboration and critique
Workshops of all kinds (art, writing, music, dance, architecture, etc) are founded on the development of certain skills. However, as art becomes intertwined with capitalism, workshops become commodified micropolitical structures, used for maintaining aesthetic-political/ ideological hegemony. What starts as a collection of artists working to improve each other’s writing becomes apparatuses of power, nodes of mobility that can be put like badges in one’s vest.
What happens next is the shriveling of the utopian dimension of art. A young writer may start writing ‘for the love of words’ but eventually learns that words are just goods in the literary supermarket. S/he can choose to go with the flow and try to change the system from within, or simply withdraw from this infrastructure and write on her own terms. Or, she can…
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