A short film of Louis Armstrong singing C’est si Bon in 1962, to which I’ve added some material from my forthcoming paper, called Weapons of Mass Happiness which I’ll be giving as the keynote at ARTLANDS Festival/Conference in DUBBO NSW on the 27th October, and then at the 8th Annual International Arts and Health Conference, organised by The Australian Centre for Arts and Health at the Gallery of New South Wales between 16 - 18th November this year.
What’s it all about? - well - its about reframing our arts/health agenda more explicitly in terms of social justice and inequalities for one thing, and an exploration of something darker than the ‘instrumentalisation’ of the arts to the service of the state. But I don’t want to spoil my presentation, so - less is more!
Of course there’ll be a swift kick in the direction of our deluded and psychopathic former Prime Minister Tony Blair. To hear the regurgitation of his own blinkered justification for the war in Iraq, you should listen to the BBC Radio 4 interview with him on the Today Programme. I was rather disappointed with the John Humphries line of questioning, and for once would have rather he’d been submitted to the grilling of some hysterical shock-jock, but I am sure there’s some test we could submit Mr Blair to, to see where he fits on the Psychopathic Scale.
bbc.co.uk/programmes/p040pk72 (Today Programme interview with Blair)
psychcentral.com/quizzes/psychopathy.htm (A test to see if in fact, Blair has a psychopathic personality)
artlands.com.au (ARTLANDS Festival & Conference)
artsandhealth.org.au/#top (Australian Centre for Arts and Health)