Bob Baker Fish has done an excellent interview with Melbourne artist/composer (now resident in Europe), Anthony Pateras in Cyclic Defrost. The article covers many interesting topics, but this provocative quote from Pateras (below) on one of the reasons he moved to Europe might be a good starting point for some polemic discussion here:
"In Melbourne, I increasingly found myself put into this position of being an administrator before being an artist, and I think, for everyone, that has a very negative effect on the work,” he offers forcefully. “As a result, I think the way musicians interact with each other becomes very influenced by that – we all become horrible little products, fucking each other over, cultivating friendships simply to bleed our colleagues for contacts. It has become more about the network and less about the work. We have become administrators, not artists. This is further fuelled by social media, which seems to occupy a lot of the time that artists could be using to make their own work stronger. When you’re forced to adapt to a circumscribed mode of existence, you distort yourself and start prioritising what other people want or expect, rather than what you desire as an artist.”
Does this ring true to you? Do we spend too much time on networking rather than working on our art? I've not lived/worked anywhere but Melbourne, but certainly in Melbourne I believe that networking is a massively important skill to attain if you want to get anywhere in the various art worlds. Please post your comments here.