We live in a strange age: museums see the number of visitors growing steadily, the numbers of auctioned sales of international contemporary art leave us appalled, however the presence of artists in the public space - and intellectuals in general - has been decreasing in a worrying way.
For everything (politics, football or social life) there appear gold-paid commentators. But who asks, nowadays, what artists think about what surrounds them? Gone are the days when philosophers would spend more than an hour on any subject on public television.
The voice of art does not solve problems, it does not foster political, ethical or social solutions but presents itself as discursive, a voice for a particular and unique view of the world. It adds to it a derisory, critical density and, always, when it is truly a matter of art, questions the assimilated standards as normatively correct or expectant.
Let these voices be heard. Or in the case of the visual arts, let's see the voices of the artists. One day we will regret ignoring them.
Miguel von Hafe Pérez