I've always looked out for people and ideas that challenge the prevailing mindset. And don't we need that in Australia right now? Hell, Rudd vs Abbott wasn't much of a choice and the whole political and prevailing cultural gloop is sometimes just hard to bear. Politically, I think I'm coming round to Russell Brand's view - much derided and dismissed in the mainstream, of course - that we shouldn't vote at all. I can't remember who said that 'voting just encourages the bastards' but I remember the title of Ken Livingstone's book - 'If Elections Changed Anything, They'd Ban Them'. (Ken Livingstone was the highly popular Leader of the Greater London Council for years. He was politically unacceptable to Thatcher, so, as she couldn't fix the voters, she abolished the GLC to get rid of him).
A couple of quotes from Camus have passed by me recently (maybe they were in your films??)…
- The only thing is to decide which is the most aesthetic form of suicide, marriage and a 40-hour-a-week job, or a revolver.
- The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
I think the second sums up how I see artists like you.
I loved your last film. I only discovered Frank Moore a year or so ago, and marvelled at what he did, how he did it, and how he managed to keep going. Astonishing mind.
Thanks for prompting me to download Bukowski's 'Ham on Rye'. I've never read anything of his, but your citing of him made me go and find out more and I decided on that.
Have you read any of Noam Chomsky? He's one of my heroes, political inspirations, whatever. He's a bit difficult to read but he is a dangerous thinker. One thing I can paraphrase is the chilling thought that modern western societies like ours only permit subversive and radical art and ideas as long as they know that they do not really threaten the status quo. I guess it's why Thatcher abolished Ken Livingstone.
25 years ago (?), there was a simple bumper sticker that did the rounds for a while: 'subvert the dominant paradigm'. Now all we get is fucking stick pictures of families on the back windows of cars (although these can sometimes be subversive - see attached pic!).
Keep subverting, Missy.