Though I have noticed the revolutionary impact artists can have on society, I have not yet explored the mystery of creativity itself. It appears to be the case that humans make art in its multitudinous forms almost helplessly out of the imperatives of their own nature. There are many names for the source of this impulse, but the best one is the need to play. One of the most interesting books of the 20th century was a slim volume called The Comedy of Survival, by the human ecologist Joseph Meeker, published in 1974, towards the end of the Vietnam War. Meeker compared the tragic with the comic way of life. He said humans were tragic creatures because they pushed their disagreements to extreme and deadly conclusions. By contrast, the other animals followed what he called ‘the comic way’, which enabled them to divert potentially deadly encounters into harmless play. Richard Holloway
http://www.change.org/petitions/sir-sandy-crombie-chairman-creative-scotland-respond-and-act-on-the-letter-of-8-october-2012-from-100-artists?utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=11713135 Roanne Dodds
- (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
- (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
UN Articles – Human Rights 1948