Brian Eno is MORE DARK THAN SHARK
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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno

The Argus MAY 25, 2010 - by Adrian Imms

THIS IS AN ILLUSTRATED TALK

Brighton Dome Concert Hall, May 23

Brian Eno gave the artistically earnest and hungry something to chew on during the closing night of the Brighton Festival with this gambit: What do the arts do for us?

He sought to piece together an answer, although it was fragmented by a dry wit that sat flush with his formal address, sometimes obstructing the way to a valid point.

A table containing projected notes and illustrations gave life and humour to proceedings but also mis-plotted subjects on tangents that teetered on the brink of clarity.

Everything from screwdrivers to haircuts was dissected in his quest to highlight that art "is everything we don't have to do". However, this statement didn't come as a revelation - orbiting the popular idea that art is a luxury and not a necessity.

Eno made good ground when he highlighted a perceived hierarchy within art - from fine art down to crafts - and a desire to shed eternal values that rank and constrict certain forms of art.

The need to move into question time cut Eno short of a much-needed summary but did allow some interesting questions to be fired his way. If you were after additional food for thought, you certainly got it here.


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