Circus vs. Fast food

I think circus is like fast food. I’m sure you know what happens if you eat fast food every day? You get fat. Circus is the fast food for the mind.Circus is also kitsch, a form of art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value. Kitsch also refers to the types of art that are aesthetically deficient (whether or not being sentimental, glamorous, theatrical, or creative) and that make creative gestures which merely imitate the superficial appearances of art through repeated conventions and formulae.And as kitsch like circus is denoting works executed to pander to popular demand alone and purely for commercial purposes rather than works created as self-expression by an artist.The term kitsch is generally reserved for unsubstantial and gaudy works that are calculated to have popular appeal and are considered pretentious and shallow rather than genuine artistic efforts.Here we have it. Circus is kitschy fast food for the mind. I’m not saying it is bad thing purely, but that it isn’t honest or solace, nor it is giving much to contemplate.The fun bit here is that this ’being kitsch’ is the true essence of circus art when the foundation of circus art is ‘virtuosity in demonstration of skill or wit of some sort (that is always pure and true).Historically in Circus We have seen movies, ballet, wrestling etc, things that were hip at the time and it is tradition for circus performers to dress up with native costumes of their ‘origin’ and all this has turned to look kitsch, and then when cirque nouveau came, exactly the same thing happened. Then after that when the discussion of getting circus to be recognized as an contemporary art form, Circus just copied aesthetics from contemporary dance and turned it to be kitsch. Nothing changed, the foundation stayed the same and as the result, our circus culture’s true essence is being kitsch.This is the moment We are living now, luckily circus culture can evolve, and at the moment We have many circus artists who see through this and are for the first time making the difference and building true contemporary circus art on it’s own roots and it’s own foundation and not just taking bits in from other culture products and turning itself as a kitschy display of non-existing skills.

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