Neiditch spoke passionately about the power of the artist as a counter force against this.
Referencing his new book ‘The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism’, (which I’ve just downloaded from http://www.artbrain.org/), Neiditch suggests that contemporary illness and conditions such as ADHC, panic attacks etc are a product of our times in cognitive capitalism.
Mark Fisher ‘Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures’, talks of digital capitalism. The book seems to suggest that there is a post millennium creative vacuum. Initially I considered this was perhaps due to how information is accessed. Fisher makes reference to music throughout the latter part of the 20th century, however he doesn’t make any point about the fact that the work he is looking at was available through established, mainstream, TV and radio platforms. Could this apparent lack of innovative work in the early 21st century be more a case of the interesting stuff is being distributed elsewhere.
For the time being the internet is awash with material and consequently everything is difficult to find. Maybe the internet will continue to ‘grow’ hubs whereby information can be accessed.
It could also be the case that there isn’t any interesting work being done these days as people are too busy answering emails and responding to Facebook to make anything.
Time will tell.
Neiditch and Fisher have collaborated on writings which I believe I will find on artbrain.org. I will try to get to that soon.