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Art to Change the World?

The Washington Post recently published an article about art that has a message and aims to inform people of an issue by first drawing them into view an intriguing installation or interactive art pieces. This seems to be part of a larger trend of art that reaches out to people in an attempt to change the world rather than just perplex or distract from the realities of life.  Participation Park is an urban farm, community kitchen and adventure playground in east Baltimore; Future Farmers have built The Reverse Ark, which uses cast off materials to create new from old. The article suggests that it all feels a bit retro but goes on to wonder: “When has there been a style or movement in art that lasted so many decades without losing its edge? Why does this particular art still feel serious and worthy, when so much other art that once felt fine now feels like conspicuous consumption?” Read the full article.


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