Hi, my name is Andy Manoushagian. I'm an intermedial/new-genre-public un-artist based in Los Angeles, CA. These concepts have already been explained in a more clear and succinct manner than I would attempt...
"We do not ask any more to speak magnificently of taking arms against a sea of troubles, we want to see it done. The art which most directly does this is the one which allows this immediacy, with a minimum of distractions...This is the intermedial approach, to emphasize the dialectic between the media...Having discovered tools with an immediate impact, for what are we going to use them? If we assume...that there are dangerous forces at work in our world, isn't it appropriate to ally ourselves against these, and to use what we really care about and love and hate as the new subject matter in our work?"
-Dick Higgins, “Statement on Intermedia”, 1966
"Unlike much of what has heretofore been called public art, new genre public art- visual art that uses both traditional and nontraditional media to communicate and interact with a broad and diversified audience about issues directly relevant to their lives- is based on engagement...Attacking boundaries, new genre public artists draw on ideas from vanguard forms, but they add a...sensibility about audience, social strategy, and effectiveness."
-Suzanne Lacy from Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art, 1995
"Art. There's the catch. At this stage of consciousness, the Sociology of Culture emerges as an in-group 'dumb-show.' Its sole audience is a roster of the creative and performing professions watching itself, as if in a mirror...Artists cannot profitably worship what is moribund; nor can they war against such bowing and scraping when only moments later they enshrine their destructions and acts as cult objects in the same institution they were bent on destroying...An un-artist is one who is engaged in changing jobs, in modernizing. Instead of a serious tone that has usually accompanied the search for innocence and truth, un-arting will probably emerge as humor. This is where the old-fashioned saint in the desert and the newfangled player of the jetways part company."
-Allan Kaprow, “The Education of the Un-Artist, Part 1”, 1971
My topics of interest include (but aren't limited to) post-post-modernism, spirituality/metaphysics, ecology, sustain-ability, globalism, pseudo-science, pop culture, satire, and social engagement.