A bilingual (Khmer – English) Ladies Magazine features the controversial poem, “Googlable” in its April issue, a poem influenced by a Bob Dylan song called “Blowing in the Wind”. Googlable provokes us with seven simple questions that we seem to forget, and they bring us back to some in-depth thinking about these simplicities.
Why would anyone think an artist need to be “googlable” before being accepted in the art world? Long before the internet and Google existed, artists were acknowledged by well-known arts institutions because of their vision, talent, and originality. They were mentioned in newspapers or magazines.
Interestingly, these days some curators utilize google as one of the criteria for the selection of artists to invite to their programs and festivals. The more entries on Google, the more international the reputation of the artist.
The world of art is indistinguishable from the fact that its practices are controlled by a so-called standard. But of course no one can define the criteria for that standard, either at the local or international level. Does a standard really exist?
The term “art” is indisputable, because it’s obvious that different artists have their own meaning for the word “art.”
Henri Matisse once said “An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, a prisoner of style, a prisoner of reputation, or a prisoner of success.” According to him, the artist should be free from both the outside world and his or her inner behavior.
In the book Six Years, author Lucy Lippard has this to say about conceptual art of the 1960s: “The incestuous art world itself, with its resentful reliance on a very small group of dealers, curators, critics, editors, and collectors who are all too frequently and often unknowingly bound by invisible apron strings to the ‘real world’s power structure—all of these factors may make it unlikely that conceptual art will be any better equipped to affect the world any differently than, or even as much as, its less ephemeral counterparts.”
“The idea behind the song “‘Googlable”‘ is about how an individual could be called an artist, and what credentials the artist must have in order to be accepted as such.
Click on each picture to see what Ladies says.