Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Role of The Artist
(Human versus Hybrid)

Kofi Fosu Forson

What is the role of the artist? It is destined. Some people struggle with the role of human and that of the hybridnous life of an artist.

Much is the struggle to be human and hybrid. An artist doesn’t become. He is. There is a transformation, however. Where, when and how does one differentiate between the human and the artist?

The physical being is a mass, temporal and spatial. One’s history is a collection of events that define his destiny in a physical space. Given the realm of the ever growing global market, we are not bound by a literal space and time. Time is ever evolving. Transactions are made by individuals and companies continents apart.

Is his upbringing as an artist rooted in genetics, academia, self-taught or a decision made at the spur of the moment? An artist’s decision to practice art is destined. It is almost fateful. The individual is drawn to it. It is immediate. There are levels of involvement, the child prodigy, the very talented, the curious or any number of young artists who were drawn to the craft at an early age.

Otherwise, there are those who make a professional choice based on intellect, employment or an overlooked desire to be involved in the arts.

What is destined and what is prefabricated?

How does the artist gain experience? Is it purely through practice or does the intellectual gain an upper-hand through his philosophy? Is the psychology of the artist pertinent to him grounding himself?

The artist is quantitatively subject to excelling in his chosen field(s). He must know his craft. The history of those who have come before him defines his hybridity.

The hybridity of the artist formulates a language that he speaks and intellectualizes. This is based on a political, socio-political, literary, religious and sexual platform. It isn’t advantageous to call one’s self an artist. One must be the art he practices. If not, he is nothing more than an employable person.

The role of the artist is to communicate. It’s an exclusive language. When articulated, only a specific group is inclined to respond. The subjectivity found in art is the reason why. The difference between human and hybrid is as common as spectator and performer. The performer subjects himself to a regimen. It dictates who he is and what he does. The more he challenges himself, the more he is qualified to play the role within which he hopes to excel.

It is up to the artist to question his art and how he intends on defining and portraying it. The importance of his critics and spectators will either be valued or debased. Whereas every artist is human, the artist must understand that his role is exclusive. In this exclusivity, he has a great opportunity to communicate ideas which otherwise will be left unarticulated, exploited, removed from the conscience of society.

The artist is human. The greater quest qualifies him as a figure, animal, spirit, hybrid.


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