Politics is in the eye of the beholder

“Art should have political, spiritual, and surprising elements. It should try to find new language of communicating in order to give awareness to the public… Art with this kind of complexity has many lives where many societies can take something different at different times.” Marina Abramovic, Interview Magazine

This is a blog which is very much centred on thirst for knowledge and curiosity with regard to the intersection points between politics, art, and the media and to some extent public relations. It originated from the idea that it might be insightful to focus on four countries in particular, the UK, Ireland, Bulgaria and Germany in order to map out their political and media systems and review them in the light of their art scenes. In particular, these four countries have been chosen in the context of the European Union (EU), but also in consideration with the broader history of the European continent as arguably they represent an interesting sample.

On the one hand, they vary in their attitudes towards membership in the European Union, with the UK on one end of the spectrum, as one of the most Eurosceptic countries at the present moment, Ireland located in the middle (due to their reluctance in accepting the Lisbon Treaty) and Germany and Bulgaria quite firmly on the pro-EU side. There are of course further reasons why these countries have been chosen, ranging from practical elements, such as the bloggers’ ability to speak their local languages to more abstract considerations such as their varying experiences of the Cold War, and what implications these might have on their politics and art.

Nevertheless, there is still considerable scope for development as well as criticism. Certainly, many may disagree with some (or all) opinions expressed in the pages that will follow, and perhaps this is part of the alluring beauty of the internet. Moreover, all countries deserve to be mentioned and included in this conversation, as a lot can be gained by viewing their art and politics in unison. Indeed, this project is very multidisciplinary and therefore cannot have clear boundaries, which may at times become intimidating. Nevertheless, it has the potential to stimulate discussion and grow into an intellectual journey which makes it worthwhile. So, shall we begin?

[Currently under construction]