I believe it was Michel Foucault who said that once an artist has produced a work of art, then he or she has lost control of their work. In other words, it is not so much what the artist says about the work, rather it is how the social audience response to that work. For example, it appears that Johnny Depp's recent film where he played the role of Tonto was not totally accepted by the audience. In other words, once a work of art has been produced, it takes on a life of its own (think here of alienation of labor or the process of commodification) independent of the producer.
What does it mean when something or someone becomes a commodity?
- 6 years ago