Sunday, October 17, 2010

Institue of Ideas Director Attacks Artist

“As convenor of the Battle of Ideas festival, with a slogan Free Speech Allowed, we take the issue of free expression too seriously to reduce it to a juvenile stunt.  What is more, the idea of book-burning is an anathema, a revolting notion that goes against the ethos of free speech.  Artistic freedom may extend to idiots, but that doesn’t mean that we endorse every nonsense act in its name.  The Institute of Ideas disassociates itself from the planned idiotic and childish actions of The Hot Chestnut Man” - Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas; convenor, Battle of Ideas festival

Artist, Paul Conneally, got sent the above from a journalist who had asked the Battle of Ideas for a quote on Conneally's proposed performance piece 'The Hot Chestnut Man'.

The jounalist asked for Conneally's reaction to the qoute. Here it is:

"Well the quote from Claire probably illustrates and amplifies better the underlying context / intentions of the Hot Chestnut Man than I ever could- so all I'll just say for the moment is thanks" - Paul Conneally

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