Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ArtsLab S1 Ep.38

ArtsLab with Mark Sheeky
Series 1 Episode 38
Broadcast Wednesday 29 June 2016, 4pm to 5pm GMT.

Roxy Music, Song For Europe (1973)
Pink Floyd, In The Flesh (1979)
Nightcore, Where Are We Going (2013)
Thomas Hardy, During Wind And Rain (1917)
Mark Sheeky, Waiting For The Rain To End (2010)
Mark Sheeky/Gene Wilder/Marty Feldman, The Wrong Brain (2016)
Judy Garland, Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Distant) (1939)
Ennio Morricone, A Fistful Of Dollars (1967)
William Blake, Europe A Prophesy (extract) (1794)
Morton Stevens, Hawaii Five-O Theme (1968)
ELO, Poor Boy (The Greenwood) (1974)
Abba, The Day Before You Came to Hubert Parry/William Blake, Jerusalem (1916)
Jean Michel-Jarre, The Deserted Palace (1972)
William Blake, Voice Of The Ancient Bard (1789)
Delta Goodrem, I Can Sing A Rainbow (2004)
Eurythmics, 17 Again (1999)

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
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You can listen live during the broadcast on:
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Blame

People blame politicians for their misfortunes, or the past, or the stupid, or the rich, or their enemies, or politicians of the past, or witches, or immigrants, or technocrats, revolutionaries, bankers, religious zealots, be they alive, dead, or written about in holy books, which are also blamed, for the misfortunes of the world and of our lives. People also blame themselves.

People have an innate desire to blame someone or something else for misfortune. It's part of being self-aware to believe that the actions of selves matter. If actions of selves matter then praise and blame are logical, but if we are not self-aware then our actions are not ours, and we can't be responsible for them. To blame or praise things that are not self-aware makes no sense. We can't blame the Earth for quaking, even when it causes great destruction. We can blame a warmonger for an act with similar results.

Can an unconscious being, a dog (if dogs have no self-awareness) be blamed for an action that starts a war or kills someone? Dogs do kill and are blamed, but this is largely anthropomorphism by the justice system. We find it easy to blame a savage dog, treating the animal like a brutal person, yet don't treat chickens in a battery farm as more than automatons.

Can the stupid be blamed for acting stupidly? No, for their actions were always destined, given their knowledge and experience up that point. Similarly, the actions of the intelligent were always destined in the same way. Can they be blamed for the outcome of their actions either?

Once the illusion of self-control is released, feelings of blame are irrational. What has been has been, and was always to be, and to attach blame, or praise to the actions of others is a futile waste of mental energy, as futile as blaming the sun for rising and burning us, or the Earth for quaking.

This writing is also duplicated in the Writings section of www.marksheeky.com

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ArtsLab S1 Ep.37

ArtsLab with Mark Sheeky
Series 1 Episode 37
Broadcast Wednesday 22 June 2016, 4pm to 5pm GMT.

Modest Mussorgsky, Night on a Bare Mountain (1867)
Judy Garland, Somewhere Over The Rainbow (1939)
Deborah Edgeley/Dave Hulatt, If Bach Had Been A Beekeeper by Charles Tomlinson (2016)
Unknown, Circus Circus (1985)
Alizee, Jen ai marre (2003)
ELO, Laredo Tornado (1974)
ELO, Wild West Hero (1977)
Abba, The Day Before You Came (1989) to Leonard Bernstein, The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Beatles, Here Comes The Sun (1969)

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Art As Emotional Communication

People's answer to the question of "What is art?" varies, but for me art is emotional communication. Intellectual communication is not art, merely information. Du Champ's urinal was art originally because it was shocking, but it is not art now because it is no longer shocking, so what art is varies in time with the emotional flow of the observer, and of society.

This also means that art and its meaning is deeply tied to humanity and society, as all emotions step from social interactions, and also of it time, having different meanings and power at different times, and in different societies. The scribbled characters on a receipt may be simple commerce at one time, but in thousands of years, as the last mark of a dead civilisation, may gain new emotional significance and become an artwork. By the same token, a meaningful portrait of a saint or revolutionary leader may, in distant years, fade in feeling to become a mere factual image.

Errors and omissions frankly probable. This is one of several musings on life the universe and everything listed in the Writing and Essays section of www.marksheeky.com

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tiger Moving Nowhere At All

Here's a newly framed print of my Tiger Moving Nowhere At All painting. The size is unusual so each of these prints has a unique hand made frame with a different design. This one is number 3 of 50 and is for sale for £295, you can email me if you want to buy it and are able to collect it from Cheshire.

The painting is about the impending extinction of the tiger, an animal on the brink of oblivion. I wanted the shape of the picture itself to mimic the shape of a tiger's head.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ArtsLab S1 Ep.36

ArtsLab with Mark Sheeky
Series 1 Episode 36
Broadcast Wednesday 15 June 2016, 4pm to 5pm GMT.
Special guest Ben Cassidy.

Peter Gabriel, Moribund the Burgermeister (1977)
Lost In Space, The Gandhi Warhol Conspiracy (2016)
Inkspeak: Deborah Edgeley/Dave Hulatt, Quick! Get Your Lows, While Stocks Last! (2016)
Eurythmics, Here Comes The Rain Again (1983)
Ben Cassidy, Angela (2016)
Ben Cassidy, I'm Your Man (2016)
ELO, Boy Blue (1974)
Ben Cassidy, Smashing (2016)
Abba, The Day Before You Came to The Terry and June Theme (1981)
Roxy Music, Virginia Plain (1972)

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

ArtsLab S1 Ep.35

ArtsLab with Mark Sheeky
Series 1 Episode 35
Broadcast Wednesday 8 June 2016, 4pm to 5pm GMT.

Kate Bush, Stranded At The Moonbase (1975)
Electric Light Orchestra, Ticket To The Moon (1981)
Inkspeak: Deborah Edgeley/Dave Hulatt, Heathcliff (2016)
Kate Bush, Wuthering Heights (1978)
Nick Drake, Cello Song (1969)
Oldfield 1, Butoh 3 (2016)
Oldfield 1, Butoh 4 (2016)
Scott Walker Farmer In The City (1995)
Electric Light Orchestra, Can't Get It Out Of My Head (1974)
Scott Walker, The Plague (1967)
Cyndi Lauper, Time After Time (1983)

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

ArtsLab S1 Ep.34

ArtsLab with Mark Sheeky
Series 1 Episode 34
Broadcast Wednesday 1 June 2016, 4pm to 5pm GMT.
Special guests Martin Rivers and Jaqi Kidd from Rivers & Kidd.

Beatles, Saw Her Standing There (1963)
Mark Sheeky And Live Mash, Dissection of the Eyeball (2016)
Martin Rivers/Different Skies, Climbing The Wall (2016)
Martin Rivers/Different Skies, River And The Sea (2016)
ELO, Eldorado Overture (1974)
Martin Rivers/Different Skies, Different Skies (2016)
Mark Sheeky And Live Mash, Embryo (2016)

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
www.redshiftradio.co.uk