“...the human is no longer central to history – replaced, instead, by networks and systems...” -Lars Bang Larsen
Contemporary Art is at an end. It will continue “parallel” with the wider Culture but will no longer be able to claim any form of pre-eminent status. Contemporary Art is now akin to a meme generator program endlessly re-aggregating past images and art forms into the New for immediate consumption (accelera- tion). There will always be a NEW SINGLE OUT NOW.
This is perfectly fine if only we didn't feel the need to market and value Con- temporary Art in the old aristocratic ways. If only art could accept its new place in Culture. For me most Contemporary Art is not of interest. I feel most excited when instigating a Google Image search, I am almost overwhelmed by the vast array of visuals; its one of my few instances of aesthetic freedom. I am as ecstatic when viewing image options on Shutterstock for, say, 'empty white rooms'. Memes are like viruses, they are living things: non human. I like this. It calms me.
The new artist is the Internet Consumer turned Producer/ Entrepreneur. The democratic realm of the Internet, with all the paradoxes and problems it throws up, is preferable to the now ethically questionable aristocratic arena of Fine Art. Add it all up. -Scott Redford, Berlin 2016