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The boys are ceramic stoneware with manganese dioxide stain. Standing figures are approx 35 cm tall, seated approx 20 cm.

A selection of them can be seen at the group exhibition in Batiment 4 in Esch that is running weekends from Friday 13 November to Sunday 6 December – highly recommended to catch the best of underground art in Luxembourg. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Performance-Art/B%C3%A2timent-4-106932584395641/

The Precariat

The Precariat is a term given to a strata of society that has evolved with the globalisation of world trade and the IT revolution.

The IT revolution has led to the commodification of certain sections of work allowing a large number of fragmented sectors to be controlled by a small number of organisations.    This is resulting in a concentration of wealth and power with plutocrats and oligarchs who derive rentier income protected by intellectual property rights.   The Precariat are the generation of workers who find themselves in unstable, short term contracts with flexible hours.  Labour protection legislation has not kept pace with the change in work practices.  The Precariat have less social protection and more economic uncertainty.  They are often over-educated compared to the employment available.   They do not identify with the traditional political parties and are likely to either abstain from the political election process or turn to populist politicians who offer extreme options.  The final option is violent protest.

The economist Guy Standing has written about them – short lecture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnYhZCUYOxs

Nuriel Roubini addressed the issue in connection with the BLM movement https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/main-street-manifesto-for-covid19-crisis-by-nouriel-roubini-2020-06

Art Matters

It’s rare to find a quote that cuts to the heart of why art matters, John Tusa has nailed it though:

Art Matters

“The arts matter because they are universal; because they are non-material; because they deal with daily experience in a transforming way; because they question the way we look at the world; because they offer different explanations of that world; because they link us to our past and open the door to the future; because they work beyond and outside routine categories; because they take us out of ourselves; because they make order out of disorder and stir up the stagnant; because they offer a shared experience rather than an isolated one; because they encourage the imagination, and attempt the pointless; because they offer beauty and confront us with the fact of ugliness; because they suggest explanations but no solutions; because they prevent a vision of integration rather than disintegration; because they force us to think about the difference between the good and the bad, the false and the true.

“The arts matter because they embrace, express and define the soul of a civilisation. A nation without arts would be a nation that had stopped talking to itself, stopped dreaming, and had lost interest in the past and lacked curiosity about the future.”

John Tusa extract from ‘A pain in the arts’

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