Earlier this week, Greg Clark, the new leader of the Alberta Party, tweeted at #abpse commentators asking him questions about his party’s views on Advanced Education, “I can see why Lukaszuk is afraid of you guys.” There is no evidence that the Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education Thomas Lukaszuk feels any concern whatsoever about the commentary on Twitter’s #abpse feed. But this image, tweeted earlier this week in the lead-up to today’s rally at Mount Royal University in Calgary, shows one artist pitting art against the Government of Alberta’s March 7th cuts. It is fitting that the response from an institution whose Arts programs have been so severely cut as a result of the Government of Alberta’s 2013 budget should come in the form of a reworking of the already satiric late eighteenth-century print “The Sleep of Reason” by Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco de Goya. The Minister might want to start paying attention to the perspectives driving such a response.
“The autonomy of art contains the categorical imperative: “things must change.” If the liberation of human beings and nature is to be possible at all, then the social nexus of destruction and submission must be broken.”
Herbert Marcuse, The Aesthetic Dimension (1978)