The Dictatorship of Art – Jonathan Meese
“ART IS TOTAL LEADERSHIP, THE TOTAL POWER
ART RULES THE WORLD, ART IS NUMBER. 1
TOTAL ART IS TOTAL METABOLISIM
ART IS THE LEADER, THE TOTAL LEADER
NO HUMAN BEING, ART IS NO HUMAN BEING
ART IS TOTAL POWER. ART IS STRONGER THAN RELIGION.
ART IS STRONGER THAN RELIGION, POLITICS AND SELF FULFILLMENT.
ART IS NOT SELF FULFILLMENT
ART IS NO HUMAN POLITICS
ART IS NO RELIGION
BUT EVERY RELIGION IS ART”
This is how Jonathan Meese opens his speech on Centre Pompidou.
I like to share on this blog, artists’ interpretations and insights, artworks, and texts that I find inspiring. One that is particularly inspiring is a speech from Jonathan Meese. I have written in the past about Motti Mizrahi and his perception of scale (you can read it here) and this time I chose to bring “The Dictatorship of Art” by Meese. Meese is a Berlin-based German painter, sculptor, and installation artist; in this video, you can see and listen to him preaching his views – in some ways they are philosophical and in others delusional. From whatever angle you look at Meese’s speech it is full of enthusiasm, passion, strong messages, fundamental perception, totally and spectacularly.
“The only authority in my life is art and my mom. Art is not culture. Culture is what the state and politics want you to produce. Art is total play. Art is not democracy. It’s important to understand the difference between culture and art. Culture is what the state or school you live in wants you to do, what the people around you want you to do – that is culture. Art has nothing to do with that. We have to go away from culture and come back to art.”
This is why I love artists. Their total commitment to their beliefs. Watch Meese’s video: