A while back, in celebration then to the upcoming berlin biennal, we posted our Berlin/ Art Hate-o-meter and invited our readers in an "oppinion exercise":
What are top 5 things you absolutely dislike, disagree with in the Arts and/or in Berlin?
This exercise is not meant to advocate violence or intolerance. It is an exercise in defining. Defining your standing point, your belief system, your limits, your oppinion.
If you don't somebody else will do it for you.
You can still send us your answers (5 points+short explanation) at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post all serious answers with a full name (again) as soon as we get some.
Here is what we have got so far. (the not so loony ones) Send in yours for the next round!
I hate people who confuse angling for a job with having something to say.
I hate Consumers who think they're Creators.
I hate Tourists who make a gaudy spectacle of hating Tourists...
the Brainwashed who see themselves as the Cognoscenti...
Passive Beneficiaries of Imperialism who think they're Anarchists/ Radicals/ Utopianists.
I hate Dabblers who think they're Veterans.
Band-wagoners who think they're Pioneers.
The Cosseted who think they're The Downtrodden,
Petulance that thinks it's Rage
Greed that thinks it's Hunger.
I hate Inadequacy that thinks it's Boredom
Boredom that thinks it's Weltschmerz
Weltschmerz that thinks it's Genius
Genius that thinks it's Wisdom
Wisdom that thinks it's Universal
Sex that thinks it's Money
Money that thinks it's Talent
Algorithms that think they're Music
and Plastic that thinks it's Paint.
-Staring and Whispering
-Blocking exits/entrances escalator tops/bottoms
-Tag-team shopping at the grocery store
-Nudging the shopper in front of you in the shopping queue impatiently with your trolley
-Inconsiderately bagging your purchases in provocative slow motion after paying for them (and after having already taken some time searching the totality of your
person for your wallet and subsequently taking a not inconsiderable amount of time questioning the bill)
-Naming your shops/businesses with nonsensical English-language pseudo-puns
You cannot imagine how much I hate artists. And even more idiot berliner artists who moved there because it is the place to be. And thinking it all over and over again and again, I hate überhaupt all artists. Why do all those people want to be an artist? This makes art cheap. My best sell was (ten years ago) a 200x150 beautiful canvas for 5 Euro. I wish there would be an Al Kaida guy that would kill all of these self-acclaimed bastard artists. Except 9 of them and I. This would give me a chance to be at least an acceptable genius.
inconsiderate people who let their dogs shit in the city and don't pick it up... especially huge dogs eating reddish dog food who shit in front of entranceways and the middle of sidewalks.
Well, OK , you asked. I am annoyed and surprised that most galleries in Berlin still seem to show only two or three women for every ten men. or worse. Why?? Yes, I know
there is a history of discrimination against women artists - but I thought we were at the point where people would at least want to appear to be getting beyond that.
I can't think of four more things that bother me - (that don't seem petty) - as much as this. So I hope you will accept a list of one.
Thank you for asking!
I hate 80% of contemporary paintings.
I hate fluo colours.
I hate installations with living animals (including insects).
I hate pathetic (sentimental) works.
I hate nowadays sculptures made in bronze.
I hate 70% of the installations with 16mm projectors.
I hate performances that involve the public.
I hate 60% of the artworks that use electronic music, because often the artist that plays music has no musical skills.
I hate bad written press releases.
I hate music during the opening (when music is not part of the work).
I hate vernissages by invitation.
I hate galleries with the door shut where you have to ring the bell and pass the exam at the door before they let you in.
I hate galleries showing only one piece. Everybody can produce one good work of art.The problem starts when you have to defend a whole collection.
I hate instalators and new media artists thinking they are superior to painters.
I hate amateurs thinking they are professionals and more when hunging their works at home or at friends' or family's.
I hate people judging an exhibition in five minutes when the artist has spent his whole life to reach that point.
I hate when people consider being considerate as being weak, EX: on the train I see often that men don't really get up for women, disabled or the elderly. Where I'm from you might get beat for not giving an elderly woman your seat.
I hate when people feel compelled to project their dissatisfaction about a small thing with a snarl then act scared when you snarl back.
I hate people being incredibly late for planned meeting in regards to business. That's just wrong on so many levels.
I hate when people feel compelled to project their sexuality. That shit's not sexy.
Actually, I hate when people try too hard to project any particularly ego-driven image, that shit's plastic