Stop Press. News Flash. No, the aliens haven't landed ... yet. This interlude post to my normal Blogging services is due to the saving of VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) which is being threatened with closure, it reminds me somewhat of Porterhouse Blue, and even though I applied twice for VCA but did not receive entry, I have used many VCA students for crew on my own projects.
I for one do not want to see VCA stripped from its specialist title and mashed into a homogenised dearth of elite practice and Art centricity. I don't care who the Alumni are, nor if they are the Pride, Pomp, and Circumstance of the Film Industry. I more care about the attitude that is rising, like damp, to saturate cultural development in the funk of capitalist venture and stain us with the hyphae of conservative crapulence.
I can feel it. Can anyone else feel this gradual shift of values? Or is it just me in my surroundings. The more we push ideas of interactivity, the more the content is becoming passive. We seem to think that participating is best applied to simplicity rather then challenge ourselves with complexities that exercise the brain, speaking of which, just look at the amount of energy pumped into promoting the exercise and health of the body, yet I see no single commercial enterprise that is endorsing the exercise of the mind. This shift is happening on a larger scale and I feel that individuals are mostly unaware.
This awful predicament leaves Art where Philosophy has been put, seen generally by the majority of the public as an unnecessary and nugatory part of humanity. The masses want shopping malls and freeways, long running television shows set in genre Boons (Mills & Boon), jeans and t-shirts all year round, parking spaces, High Definition Wide Screen TVs with endless channels so they can watch more crap more often in better resolution. This is my take on the whole matter, and I believe people are generally fearful of Art or Creativity because intense streams of it asks people to think, and the last thing people in a crammed economic and ascetic environment want to do is think.
You can participate in a giant demonstration today (Friday 21st of August) 10:00AM at the St Kilda Rd entrance, VCA Campus, 234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank. There will be Industry speakers and such.
Sign the Online Petition here.
Goto the Save VCA page here.
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