Artists to receive “Asterix”

Posted: February 6, 2011 by TheWild Webster in Mock News, Political Fiction

Florence, Italy – The history of art may see some masters being marked with an asterix.  Or so is the word following the International Consortium of Artists and Musicians bi-annual meeting this week in Italy.

Some believe this may be motivated by a flurry of sporting related controversies, but the discussion was raised as part of the ICAM’s convention agenda.  Due to the fact many contemporary artists have been not only known, but made famous through the use of psychedelic and other mind altering substances, the question was raised as to whether the works of such artists should be denoted as such as a trade practice in museums, literary reviews and other industry sanctioned circumstances.

“Although we as artists ourselves have no desire to ‘label’ any specific types of art, we thought it might be important to follow the modern trends to identify any art that may have resulted from the use of performance enhancing drugs.”

Among the experts that spoke at the conference included various PhD pharmacologists as well as some recovering addict artists.  The general consensus was that there was, “…sufficient evidence to suggest that the use of such substances effects the perception of colors, sounds as well as the use of language.”  Obviously these suggestions have raised a considerable amount of controversy amongst the art community where drug use is generally considered a modern norm in some circles.

“We are not seeking to condemn various artists or classifications of artists’ works, but merely to draw a distinction between those that sprung from the actual mind and creative ability of an artist or musician and which works may well have been assisted by psychedelic enhancement,” said the public relations spokesperson for the committee.

Such classification and/or identification would amount to the MLB ‘asterix’, denoting works of artists known to use such substances with some special symbol or other reference.  Some of the potentially effected artists could include contemporaries like Timothy Leary and Andrew Warhol, the music of Jim Morrison, Bob Marley and Jimmie Hendrix and even the writings of Aldus Huxley.

Some of the more ardent advocates of the plan have even gone so far as to suggest that many of the works that would be affected are actually “little more than the ravings of a mind demented by chemistry,” and that such works only gained the notoriety they have because “so many members of the community were similarly influenced when they sought to praise it.”

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