Brian Eno on the Role of the Artist in Times Like These

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source: Kalpesh Lathigra for The New York Times

Lindsay Zoladz (via NY Times): What do you think is the role of an artist in times like these?

Brian Eno: Well, the question of course one always asks oneself is the role to just give it all up and do something useful with your time? [Laughs] Like campaign or become a political activist. So that is a continual question in my mind. But my response to that is to say that it’s not only the immediate future we have to think about, but also the long-term future and what we want that to be like. So I think what artists do is generally a contribution in the long-term rather than the short-term. There are short-term contributors as well, I’m not sure that I’m one of them.

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