François Matarasso’s – A Restless Art – Access ≠ Democracy

“When I began in community art, the photocopier was new technology. In the printshop where I was an apprentice, we couldn’t afford Letraset transfer sheets so we copied and enlarged typefaces from the catalogue and redrew them for screen-printed posters (as in the example below). Our minimal office work was done on a typewriter with carbon copies. Because we were young, and had few distractions, there was plenty of time to talk about community art’s evolving ideas, and especially about what cultural democracy meant. It was then that I first heard friends and peers talk about ‘putting the means of cultural production’ in the hands of everyone. I didn’t know much about Marxism then (or now) but the phrase resonated with me. It seemed to offer a clear purpose to the work of community art.”

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