Every day from 16 March to 8 July, a page from Keith Haring’s journals will be posted online. The blog is created in conjunction with the exhibition Keith Haring: 1978 – 1982.
His journal writings reveal the thinking behind the man; passionate and driven to make the world a better place.
Here, I’ve transcribed a tiny snippet.
If we resign ourselves to the fact that we need a computer to sort through all the intricate workings of our society of human beings, is not the computer the most important?
Are we controlling computers or are we merely helping them to control us? This is 1984 and it has been for the last 10 years. If the computer continues to make the important decisions, store information beyond our mental capabilities, and program physical things (machine), what is the role of the human being?
To service our computer?
What, also, is the role of an artist who is aware of this fact?
Should it be resisted or accepted?
The value of art at this time in history is going to be questioned more than at any other time in history. It is the most important quality of human beings in this machine world. The role of the arts in human existence is going to be tested and tried. It is possible the most important time for art, the world has ever seen. The artist of this time of computers is creating under a constant realization that he is being pursued by the computer. We are threatened. Our existence, our individuality, our creativity, our lives are threatened by this coming machine aesthetic. It is going to be up to us to establish a lasting position of the arts in our daily lives, in human existence.