miércoles, 7 de noviembre de 2012

Conversación con un viejo amigo artista: Michael Bussell

Conocí a Michael Bussell en el verano del 2009 durante un curso preuniversitario-early college program o 'ECP'-en School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ambos, adolescentes, ingénuos y curiosos sobre lo que sería de nuestras habilidades, nos embarcamos en lo que fueron dos semanas de intensas clases de dibujo de la figura o 'figure drawing' con el profesor y artista Christian Rieben. En mi caso, debo decir que este curso significaría mi decisión de estudiar arte, en el caso de Michael, aparentemente también. Poder traducir la figura sobre un papel de gran formato en carbocillo, con la aprobación de personalidades respetables en el contexto académico, me pareció una experiencia prometedora para un futuro. 
Hoy en día Michael estudia fotografía en el Maryland Institute College of Art. Siempre sentí una gran empatía con él; caminábamos desde el edificio residencial hasta el instituto todas las mañanas y comparábamos algunas posturas prematuras sobre el arte, la política y nuestros contextos culturales. Creo que siempre valoré las observaciones de Michael por su genuina curiosidad e interés por cualquier tema que surgiera en la más banal de las conversaciones. Esta es la primera conversación que tenemos desde marzo 9 del 2010 según Facebook. 



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Hey Michael!

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hey ernesto- long time no talk! what's going on?

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I know, it’s been a while
I’m good, how are you?
how are you feeling about the presidency?

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im doing pretty all right too- I was just going to say the elections been on my mind
i voted for a third party, haha
so I’m not really happy about obama, but I’m glad its not Romney;
they both support our multiple military occupations though

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ok so you could vote "blank” or “undecided”

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well no, we have more than 2 parties but almost all of the country doesn’t take any of them seriously, haha
its scary how close it was. a lot of this country is INSANE

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I know, it was very close.

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lately I’ve been trying to get news from outside the country about the US

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how so?

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just online
like on youtube or whatever- it sucks but what’s on TV is mostly propaganda or just to divide people

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you are intrigued about international views on the US?

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well yeah, and they report things that aren’t reported about what’s going on here

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you mean things that are not locally reported?

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well even nationally, like it's covered up
i don’t know what it's like in colombia, but in the US the two parties basically just latch onto divisive issues like abortion or gay marriage that’s a more personal thing and use it to divide people
and then the news talks about that instead of all the war or corruption or whatever
what’s going on in colombia politically?

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in colombia (or at least in bogota) I sense there is resentment between social classes that is being used as political strategy.

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which party is in power?
i know so little about international politics, that’s another side effect of being American; is you think you’re more important than everyone else and don’t bother to learn about them
hahaha

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parties in colombia are merely excuses. They don’t really reflect ideologies in general. At least I’d say.

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ah

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However the Major here in bogota has very socialist principals. But hell, What do I know…

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hmm
i wish this country had a good enough moral foundation to work together
the few people with all the power are just evil evil people
im beginning to worry sometimes about all my treasonous conversations i have online haha, who knows who is reading them

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Hahah, america is 'a free country'

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oof
we are free because we go around mugging the rest of the world with our drones
they keep passing bills trying to restrict the internet like china
it’s not all bad though- a few states finally made marijuana legal haha
we’re not all crazy

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aside from California, what other states?

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california actually did not legalize it
the distinction here is between medical and recreational use

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oh, ok

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colorado and washington state have it legal now for non medicinal use
so they smartly will just tax it and allow it to be sold that way
the culture in those places is very different, especially colorado- its always been there and the people support it
what is the social climate like in colombia?
are people aware of what’s going on? or passionate about it? i feel like americans police their own thoughts now

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like there is more social awareness than the ruling class dictating everyone what to think?

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right
ha, that term "ruling class" would never get used here. people love to say they are "middle class" if they're a poor man or a millionaire

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there is no middle class here

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this begets rebels, right?
if you cant advance yourself i mean

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It’s a tough question, but I think the country is going though such an economic breakthrough that all everyone thinks is how ‘well everything is going’ and also about ending the internal conflict with the armed groups

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hmm


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do you believe art must be political?

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hmmm
i think all art is political
sometimes it’s just not at the forefront
but like, even if you make totally abstract art- there’s politics in allowing free association
that’s what i think
like all GOOD art is political somehow, but maybe just not explicitly
what do you think?

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well, I sympathize with George Orwell when he says that even not wanting to express a political posture in art is itself a political posture.

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yes
i think we are saying the same thing
hah
I’ve been thinking of his writing lately


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I´ll be right back, I´m having a hamburger

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for sure- i forget the time difference ha

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er wait- there is no difference!
well we should catch up more later- im reading about US colombian relations now on wikipedia ha

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yes, well you´ll find out we’re your suckers

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man, we just go around pouring fuel into fires that already have started
thats how we make all our money, didnt you know!

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hahaa, that's a rough statement, maybe true, though
I’m leaving but hey, thank you. I’ll let you know when this gets posted


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hey no problem- glad to catch up. is your art anywhere online i could see?
I’ll send you my site once i get everything back online

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not yet, but please do so
talk to you soon!

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will do, and yeah!
you can message me the link on here once this is up

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Im very much intrigued of your work since ECP

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yours too man, i hope i can see it soon

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I´ll send it to you when I can

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cool
thanks!

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no, thank you. Take care

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hey
what’s your favorite color?

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hmmmmmm I’d have to say red
not to represent my politics though ha

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so it seems

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