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May 2013

I'm part of a campaign for an Art Auction Transaction Tax (AATT).  It's inspired by the Art Workers Coalition (AWC) Liberate TateOccupy economics and Stephen Wright's ideas of user-ship

We aim to micro-tax the auction convened secondary market for contemporary art, and use the revenues raised to support the primary sites of art, art education and not-for-profit organisations that nurture emerging art practices.

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I've been visiting the Shabako Stone, at the British Museum, for as long as I have been living in London, its a source of wonder.

In the twenty-fifth Dynasty, sometime around c700 BC, an Egyptian mythological text was incised for eternity in a basalt stela.  The text contains an account of the creation of the world by Ptah, God of Memphis and patron deity of craftsmen.....

.....For the very great one is Ptah, who gave [life] to all the gods and their kas through this heart and through this tongue, in which Horus had taken shape as Ptah, in which Thoth had taken shape as Ptah. Thus heart and tongue rule over all the limbs in accordance with the teaching that Ptah is in every body and every mouth of all gods, all men, all cattle, all creeping things, whatever lives,.....

 

Lost and centuries later refoud, the stela was repurposed as the base of a mill. A square hole was cut, the 'eye', to locate the mill shaft, and shallow radiating furrows to produce the flour from the milled grain as the top stone turned. Decades of grinding grain slowly obliterated most of the text.

 

I participated in a one-day conference For the love of it which explored some of the assumptions, expectations and myths about working as an artist today.

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Date: Wednesday 15 May 2013
Location: Cecil Sharp House,
Booking: Tickets on sale now at £40 includes lunch and refreshments.

With contributions from Professor Lynda Morris, Sonia Boyce, Tom Freshwater, Rona Lee , Doug Fishbone, David Blandy, Edwina Fitzpatrick, The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home and Ellie Harrison

In 2011, asked to provide a Top Ten list of references that every art undergraduate should know, I offered these (not in order of preference):

01. Flash, Grandmaster - Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel

02. www.nettime.org

03. Hans Ulrich Obrist

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