Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in The Pirate, 1948.
so i’m finally reading a book i was assigned my third year in college but it didn’t have anything to do with my paper which was like 45% of my grade in that class and our essay tests were super broad, open-ended questions so why would i do more work than i have to, right? but now i can’t stop thinking about cultural artifacts and how they should be handled.
like, if a sculpture is unearthed in nigeria by a british archaeologist and is purported to have been created by a group of people that doesn’t exist anymore (as in their biological descendants don’t recognize themselves as part of that group anymore)—and the nigerian government sells the piece to the archaeologist who found it because it’s worth a ton of money that could do fulfill more pressing needs than a sculpture—does anyone have the right to tell them they can’t do that?
but art is really important for lots of reasons, right? (a long history of colonialism/imperialism doesn’t help anything either) ugh.
and it gets even more complicated with things like strangely well-preserved viking ship wreckage found off the coast of like ireland or something, because like, which part of scandinavia does it go to?
and omg it’s a really good thing i didn’t read this in college because i probably would have spent WAY too much time thinking about this stuff instead of like, “where am i gonna get my next meal?”
Francis Alys - Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing (1997)
John Scalzi gets it.
God these gifs are killing me tonight