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Youtube lecture of Herbie Hancock presenting the Fairlight CMI. Midway the video (7:45min) he says that new instruments are tools when they allow users to choose if they are used for good or bad. This is a really interesting way to describe what a tool is: It is something we can effect to world with, which does not limit how (and by whom) it is used! He compares the Fairlight CMI to an axe which can be used to build a house or slaughter a neighbor. The power of samples in a sentence.

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Saw a young woman who was carrying heavy duty bolt cutters buying a diy pregnancy test kit.

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My views on “public art” and “art is public spaces” have changed drastically. I now feel that “art in public spaces” is primarily about exporting preexisting institutional frameworks to new sites and colonizing foreign cultures. The elements of the non-institutional environments will always surrender to art: The less culture there is at a site, the more easy it is to colonize it using artworks. A singular art object can fold the unprotected wilderness into itself and take control of its surroundings (A cross on top of a mountain etc). When art is made for the insides the institutions, it is met with more resistance and its structure is opened for negotiations. It is more easy to evaluate and compare artworks inside institutions. They may be more democratic spaces then I have previously thought! Institutions are dependent on gatekeepers who maintain status quo and reject works which they deem unfit. The act of rejecting something is actually articulating and making the inner values of the institution open for public debate. The wilderness cannot reject art. I should start to offer my artworks to established institutions. That would be the only way to benchmark their values.