I recently answered the Exploding Appendix questionnaire - thank you to Bradley Tuck for inviting me to offer my thoughts, via some excellent questions.
Artist and composer, Nick Hudson from The Academy of Sun responds to the Exploding Appendix Questionnaire. Extract below, for the full response follow the link.
3. What, for you, is the purpose of art and culture?
To present the possibility of alternate realities – and simultaneously: to reflect and amplify idiosyncrasies, to simulate religious ecstasies, to put theatre curtains around a person’s solipsism or anxieties, to flood the monochrome realism of dystopia with hitherto unseen hues that can propel one towards changing the present/future reality, to connect people through stories, to make the amorphous pink/white noise of consciousness more manageable through narrative framing, to externalise urgent dreams, to project oneself into a preferable timeline, to bind and fortify energies and make communal ecstatic awe, bypassing religion (In some cases); to compress time and space, to expand time and space, to provide catharsis in a way which doesn’t leave a trail of bodies.