I have just finished reading an article written by a practitioner. The article was about his love for art, or so I thought. The article was very short, but still he managed to mention more than a couple of times, how cheap he has bought different pieces of art. Apparently price is very essential for this doctor. Most doctors in Denmark earn 3 times more than the average salary, not minimum, average salary! One of the main art pieces written about in the article, was a self portrait of a man struggling cancer while in chemotherapy. Everything is apparently an object for financial interest, sorry not interest, he did mention he got it cheap.
In the article the practitioner writes that he, as a doctor, have contacted artists with the purpose of buying their art pieces. He offers them 130 euros. The pictures he bought, was to be hung in a public domain, in a hospital. The 130 euros does not even cover expenses for materials when making a panting. The money spent was funded, the entire funding was about 6500 euros. This amount is presumably what a doctor like the one in the article, earns in 2-3 weeks. He gots 40-50 pictures from his offer, and he hungs the art pieces in rooms around the hospital. I guess the panting are worth more than 130 euro, but he is not cheating anybody, he is properly considered a good businessman.
Is this man wrong? Well he is not doing anything wrong, according to the law. Ethically then, in spending funds on underpaying artists? Well they sold them to him, by their own free will. I guess more interesting is, does not being wrong, according to the law means that it’s right, or maybe just alright. Or does it make it right, if everybody is doing it, even though we all know it’s wrong or unfair?
So what has this to do with sound and music? Not more than sound and music being a form of art, just like painting. A thought: Maybe all artists should join forces and make a post capitalist society. But I guess we should be prepared, because capitalism is like an abusive husband, he can not live or do anything on his own, and will go to extremes, to regain control and power.