Legal Bodies: Corpus / Persona / Communitas
In May, 15-17, LUCAS (the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society) will host a conference on the various ways in which literary and artistic texts have represented, interrogated or challenged judicial notions of ‘personhood’.
Herewith is the abstract of the 20 minutes lecture that Glamorous Outcasts have submitted:
In my lecture I shall argue that in Arts just like in Life, when each person made himself the center, society dissolved. An art collective that acquires ‘personhood’ or ‘branding’ in an organic, rather than fabricated way, has a chance at sustainable growth.
From the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century, artists survived through the support of patrons; their social position varied along a line that ran from servant to retainer to courtier, ornament, or state official. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, artist had often belonged to guilds, but during the 19th century, these relations receded with the aristocratic social order that had spawned them. Like other social groups, artists and writers found themselves participants in a commercial market, a world of buying and selling from which they had been mostly excluded or protected before.
By contrast the artists within the art communities today reflect different profiles. Anonymous originated in 2003, representing the concept of many online and offline community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, global brain. “They have a purpose or cause, it is not for personal monetary gain are known for.” “I created the Animal Power Culture (APC) with my friend Aeon (Third World Pirate) at some point between 2006-2007. We came up with the idea to make up a crew without rules or defined styles, which could grow as a large family of animals of different races and backgrounds. There were only the two of us for a while. Today we are about 30 animals in Colombia, Mexico, United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Guatemala, Spain, Holland and Argentina.”
APC crew is a heterogeneous group of talents: artists, writers, video, music makers, innovators, travellers, and activists. And they are invisible as individuals but highly recognizable as APC on the streets worldwide. Their mission is to reclaim the streets and create art for people who cannot afford the high prices of museums and are not invited to the gallery openings: the majority of urban population. “The best part is that moment when I finish packing everything and start to walk away from the wall with complete certainty that I painted the wall I want as I wanted, at the right time and without any permission”, StinkFish*
Artists/activists occupation could be summed as: global, organic, not adhering to a specific manifesto, not listed, propagating the new society requiring a new mentality and a new form of art and literature.