if ‘markets’ are spoken of as ‘things with agency’ where does that leave the ‘arts ecology’? compost anyone?

Whilst driving this morning someone on Radio 4 was raising the issue that when we talk about ‘the markets’ as in monetary markets, we talk about them as if they actually exist and possess intelligence. Yet market’s comprise of many people (which this man disparagingly said lacked much intelligence) – a market is not a thing.

So my mind meandered ever onwards, playing with this thought, and found me considering the ‘arts ecology’. (See Mark Robinson blog). We also talk about the arts ecology as if it exists as a thing and possesses intelligence, and maybe even have integrity. But how can this be? I then wondered how I might describe it visually, as a thing, and found myself imagining layers of compost comprising of artists and arts organisations, layer upon layer being squeezed and squeezed….but the good thing is that together they provide a rich mix of nourishment that can be invested in future growth, future thinking and foundations for a strong world. Sustainable, full of goodness, but at present, at that somewhat soggy stage when it all feels a bit messy.

We need some starter nutrients………



Published by carolyn black

I'm an artist and also commission contemporary art in unusual locations. As a producer, I fundraise, curate, project manage and deliver projects. I'm also a writer and film-maker.

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