Tuesday, September 25, 2012


On October 12, the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley and the Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts are partnering to host a live-streaming of the Creative Time Summit, an annual conference in New York that brings together cultural producers--including artists, critics, writers, and curators--to discuss how their work engages pressing issues affecting our world. To jump-start the conversation in advance of the event, attendees have been asked to submit a paragraph on a keyword associated with one of the summit themes: Inequities, Occupations, Making, or Tactics. This posting is by Ryoko Imoto, student at California State University, East Bay.

Keyword: Inequities

"Can inequities be a path to equity in the society?" is a question on my mind when I think of the movement among some of the most affluent people in the world, allocating large portions of their personal funds toward philanthropic works and businesses. 

I think that art works and aesthetics can play a greater role for the betterment of the society especially under the turmoil of economic downturn, for I believe that people need to relate to beauty in order to have a psychological fulfillment by the human nature. Through an online source I found a quote of Pablo Picasso stating "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life", and I wonder if his statement can be interpreted in relation to the theme of inequities in the society. I, then, look forward to participate in the Summit in order to obtain further insight into the matter.


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