The Social Impresario: capitalizing on the desire to be remembered for as long as it takes wood to rot.


by Darren O'Donnell

from Pivot, issue 1, spring 2007
"Like so many of us in the culture industries, I am pulled by two seemingly conflicted concerns: I want my work to be politically engaged, ameliorating aspects of this horrible world and making it a better place, but, on the other hand, I want to be rich and famous, an A-Lister with tons of power, glory and influence. Initially, my method was to oscillate neurotically between these two poles, trying to nurture one while obliterating the other. Then there was the more successful attempt at synthesizing them to produce art in response to the problems in the world, in a have-cake-eat-too strategy. This was a pretty good, it worked for a while and it won me points in the local entertainment weeklies. There was a big temptation to stop at that point, resting on the belief that working with political content is the same as political engagement, perhaps some of the insights of contemporary physics having convinced me that witnessing is doing. And, maybe in some cases it is but, for the most part, it's not."

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