Digital Edition- I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song

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Digital Edition- I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song

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Artists have a way of provoking new forms of being. They examine and challenge the ways that we live and work. They propose alternative approaches, and suggest ways of navigating and negotiating existing systems. 

The book gives an inside look into these artists daily lives through in-depth on-site visits, interviews, images of their homes and workplaces, and a foreword that will unpack the history of the artists impulse toward art and everyday life. The book is a full-color document that lays bare the quotidian as well as monumental aspects of their work and lives. It gives an inside look at how these artists approach not only their work, but their days, schedules, relationships and how they live. 

Many of the artists that blur the boundary between art and life have an approach that is not merely a project, but, in the words of John Cage, they treat art as an “experimental station in which one tries out living.” In these experiments artists are shaping the world around them through their art. We can look to artists to show us how to creatively shape our daily existence. They can model for us the worlds we want to live in. 

This book serves as a road map of where others have been - through a series of interviews with visionary artists/philosophers/thinkers- towards creating the lives we want to live and the worlds we want to see through the creativity of artists who have used their work to make and live lives of meaning. The book examines the social movements, cultural theory, and philosophies that were influencing these artists from political activism, intentional living, pioneering figures, and Eastern philosophies. It traces a history of artists who have worked on the border of art and life and culminate in chapters looking at the work of  Fritz Haeg, David Horvitz, J. Morgan Puett, Ben Kinmont, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles. These artists use daily acts of living to connect their artistic practice to their life values and philosophies.

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