Cultural Background and Personal experience of Culture and Global Cuture.
Hello everybody, once again,
My name is Francois Quilliet, I am French, 34 years old and living in Basel.
I am working as an art consultant, advising collectors on managing their cultural assets.
About my cultural background:
Born in Tours, I was raised in France. My cultural background was influenced by the Jewish and Christian religions, the Greek and Roman philosophies, the Enligthenment movement and the French literature.
I was graduated from a Business School with a major in Creative Business (Arts, Entertainment, Media and Social innovation).
I was shaped by the Western culture and Universalism. I was enriched by the foreign cultures, countries and people I have encountered during my life experience.
I am always curious, eager to discover, learn and understand.
The way how I experience culture on a daily basis is very personal and intimate question. I firmly believe that art reflects the current state of a culture in which it is created, it gives a "Zeitgeist", a spirit of the time, a dominant set of ideals and beliefs that motivate the actions of the members of a society in a particular period in time.
As I am ageing and as I have the knowledge that I will die, I feel the need to nourish my soul with literary, performing and visual arts.
I cultivate my soul by sharpening my senses to feel alive.
"I feel so I am" (and not I think so I am like Descartes said :)
As it is a spiritual approach and an immaterial need, I seriously consider my approach to art as religious.
The galleries are for me the temples and the museums the modern cathedrals.
I believe that artists but also curators, critics, patrons, philanthropists, collectors, dealers, teachers, art historians, researchers..., are sculpting the world and sometimes helping to make it a better place to live.
I compare them to tea bags. The most influential are often activists, and like infusion they spread and diffuse their artworks to the world, inspiring other people impacting, shaking, awaking minds.
The aim: discovering, learning and possibly understanding about ourselves and about the world that we live in.
The natural sciences give also some very interesting and insightful knowledge about the universe and nature (with testable observations, explanations and predictions). However, the unknown part is vast and wise are the scientists who dare to say like Socrates: I know that I know nothing (or not much :).
In this context, art gives me, (like other religion I guess) an instant feeling of eternity and a unique perception of reality.
About examples of Global Culture, if we consider Global Culture as a pandemic of Westernized consumer culture, indeed I do observe many examples in my daily life of cultural imperialism.
The London based artist Steve Cutts is illustrating this brilliantly.
As a result, it leads to the end of the cultural diversity and to more conflicts as described by Samuel Huntington in his book, "The Clash of the Civilizations".
In the other hand, if we consider Global Culture as the transmission of the same ideas and values around the world, then yes again, I do observe
that the parents love their children with the same love all over the globe.
Also, I do believe that on a global scale most of the people living on the earth have the same desire to live happy and in peace with each other.
We are all humans.
We are all part of nature.
Could we refer to the ideas of Peace and Love as universally, globally and culturally shared?
Well I think so, and like sang John Lennon in his song IMAGINE, "you may say I am dreamer, but I am not the only one."
Peace & Love to all