3 December 2008

Viva la Revolution (Paris is Burning)

It all got a bit political last week for a couple of us Plain Janes.

A few of us do a bit of work in the Tate Modern through a group they have called Raw canvas, I freaking love Raw canvas, not even going to into detail about what raw canvas do yet because that will take ages, I'll just say we end up doing random stuff to do with young people and art.

Anyway as part of this random stuff, we found ourselves taking part in two arty but kinda political events. One was the unveiling of a new Creative Manifesto for young people which I've written an article about on the Tate Website for anyone who wants to know more.

And the other was a weekend in Paris hosted by Centre Pompidou, where young people across Europe were invited to take part in a project called Scenerio 2050. We were basically discussing and exploring what we felt the world would be like by 2050.

They had groups from Finland, Turkey (the Turkish people rocked) France, Switzerland, Romania, and we repped Team GB!!!! (Apologies if I have forgotten to list any of the other countries that were there, my memory is poor and it's not an international insult.)

It was just a really interesting week to see and discover different young people's cultural persceptives, and their views and beliefs in art, and the world we live in. Can continue to be soo clich├ęd about this, but I'll try my hardest to hold it down.

I think one of the biggest things I took away from the experience was just that although it was a really positive exchange of idea's, it was clear that a lot of young people today have a very pessimistic view about the future. Predictions about Global warming, and the media attention given to violence incidents internationally and also locally, have kinda tainted a naive interpretation about what the future may be like.

None the less nothing can ever make you feel better like getting drunk with Turkish people, Turkish people are really cool.

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