“What is Art Actually For?”

Artist, musician, composer, writer, record producer Brian Eno of the 70’s band, Roxy Music, unwinds a fascinating discussion on the topic, “What is art really for?” Beginning with the enigmatic proposition that art is “everything you don’t HAVE to do,” Eno captures the dynamic tension between our culture’s ethos of technical control, which dominates education and academia, and the arts, which explore the shadowy dimensions of “What if.”

Born in Suffolk, Eno studied painting and experimental music at art school in the late 1960s before joining glam rock group Roxy Music as synthesizer player in 1971. After recording two albums with the band, he departed in 1973 to record a number of solo albums, contributing to and ultimately coining the concept of ambient music with works such as Another Green World (1975), Discreet Music (1975), and Music for Airports (1978). He took part in frequent collaborations with artists such as Robert Fripp, Harold Budd, Cluster, David Bowie on his “Berlin Trilogy“, and David Byrne on 1981’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. During the 1970s, Eno would also begin a parallel career as a producer, which included work on albums by Talking Heads and Devo, the no wave compilation No New York (1978), and recordings by avant-garde artists such as John Cale, Jon Hassell, Laraaji, and Harold Budd, among others.  -from Wikipedia

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