for Youth Arts, Manifesto, Toronto 2012. Photo by Leah Snyder
Survival Thrival in the Electric Digital Age
“The job of the artist is to upset all the senses and thus provide new vision and new powers of adjusting to and relating to new situations.”
These are the words of Marshall McLuhan given in a lecture at Columbia University way back in 1973 on the theme of “Art as Survival in the Electric Age.”
McLuhan understood the tremendous societal influence that the artist can have when they put action behind their vision.
As we inhabit a world that has truly become the McLuhanian Global Village the isolation that can often accompany strength of vision is being eroded away by technology that allows the artist to connect with their muse, locate their tribe and…
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