'Kill pretentious art groups' flier is satire

'Kill pretentious art groups' flier is satire

I saw this spoof being shared on my imaginary Facebook the other day:

Dear Voices For Artists,

I was at the Singapore Day Festival on Monday afternoon and got hold of this flier a local anti-art group called Horizontal Helicopter was giving out.

The flier said: "Kill pretentious art groups! It's the kindest thing you can do.

"Last year, the charitable Government in Singapore set aside $231.1 million of lonely taxpayers' money for the arts.

"With that kind of money spent otherwise, it could easily end the pain and suffering of our lonely taxpayers.

"It is time to put an end to pretentious art groups. Do your part! Kill them all."

After seeing this flier, I was enraged and approached one of the group members to clarify their motive. He said it was just "anti-art" and the message was not meant to tell people to really kill pretentious art groups.

I told him artist abuse is very real in Singapore and they should not even promote something like this - be it anti-art or be it a joke - as there will be sick people who may take this at face value and carry out this act in the name of "anti-art".

Can I please ask that you investigate this wrong act and ensure this amateur "anti-art" group does not create any form of media of this nature in future?

Later, I saw this post on the make-believe Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Artists Not Animals (SPCANA) Facebook page: SPCANA has just been alerted to this "Kill pretentious art groups!" flier.

We urge all members of the public to disregard the aforementioned notice's instructions.

Under the Pretentious Artists Act, any form of cruelty to artists will render the offender liable to a sentence of watching Arts On Okto every night for up to one year, a monetary fine of up to $10,000 or both.

We ask that the group responsible for this notice be mindful of how innovative art groups - a more apt term for "pretentious art groups" - are an integral part of our society ultimately.

We thank Voices For Artists for alerting us to this notice.

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