What is Wierd?
I was just reading an article by Daniel Baird in October 2012 Walrus magazine called “Aristotle Got It: the necessity of funding contemporary art, even if you don’t like it”. There was an inspiring quote by Aristotle at the end: “We must, so far as we can, make ourselves immortal, and strain every nerve to live in accordance with what is best in us; for even if it is small in bulk, much more does it in power and worth surpass everything”.
Contemporary art, even if we don’t always understand it, is part of what is best in us as a society because, as Baird states: “it is one of the ways in which we think about who we are: inventively, provocatively, recklessly….contemporary art is a kind of speculative research into what it means to be human…”.
Contemporary art demands us to be openminded, shaking us out of the preconceived notions we may have about our world. Personally I find in comforting when I know I live in a society where artists are supported to question the status quo, be expressive, push boundaries and experiment; the weirder the better. Exposing ourselves to all kinds of art and putting some effort into understanding where the artist is coming from, will enrich our lives – and maybe even make us less “normal”.
“I was always fascinated by people who are considered completely normal, because I find them the weirdest of all” Johnny Depp