I love how Santigold breaks down the continuum of our cultural shift. I am an adamant believer in the notion that there will be this “explosive renewal after the consumption of everything.” As a theorist and analyst of the shifts within the continuum of African American/Black American culture, mainly within the realm of the creative sector, I am eager to see what fills some of the empty holes in the arts and society in general.
The artistic cultural production is certainly seeing a shift as more artists are taking from the past or utilizingrudimentary materials and found objects. Yes, assemblage has been around, but the mind-frame surrounding the usage of found objects is very different. It speaks to a sense of doing more with ones hands as well as mastering various forms of tradition while re-imagining its use in contemporaneity when consumption is at an all time high. It is not born out of having little, but out of having an array of materials/information and yet critically deciding what information is important enough to stay within the cultural landscape being created. A coded language occurs between the assemblages of consumption and curation.
I myself fall into this shift with the work I am currently producing, more on my new work sooner than later. An artist who questions and seeks to answer his/her questions can come off a bit peculiar during the process. So, I’ll just be still for a bit…haha.