The Artist Survival Simulator Divides Life Between Work and Art

Artist Survival Simulator

There’s a new browser game in town: the Artist Survival Simulator. I’m hoping there’s a secret joke I’m not getting, because every time you click “work for a living” you lose artistic inspiration, and every time you blow your savings on an inspirational excursion you get more excited about making art.

That’s not how any artists I know work.

Making a game that states “if you get a day job, you’ll lose inspiration and never create art” is a bit of a dangerous presumption. Maybe the most dangerous presumption an artist can get in his or her head.

I want a game that expresses the complexities of balancing a day job and making art while acknowledging that the day job is nearly always part of the artistic equation.

What do you all think?

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Tax Token (#6,772)

As far as I found, the inspirational excursions were all just trips to New York, Paris, Berlin, Norway, etc. Also a joke? Not to say that travel can’t be inspiring, but c’mon.

NoName (#3,509)

@Tax Token You can change “inspirational excursion” to “seasonal residency” or “master class”, which are things that artists should do if for no ther reason than networking with major artists/collectors/arts agencies.

Tax Token (#6,772)

@NoName I agree, that might be a better reflection of some of the expenses of being an artist.

NoName (#3,509)

“Making a game that states “if you get a day job, you’ll lose inspiration and never create art” is a bit of a dangerous presumption.”

Yes, it is. Also, it happens, a lot.

“Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Chuck Close

There are as many different assumptions about artists and how they create art as there are artists and different ways to create.

Marille (#5,933)

@The Dauphine Exactly! My artistic inspiration was always Anthony Trollope, who wrote lots of novels as his side gig to being Postmaster General.

@Marille I feel like all the ‘but artists don’t’ or the ‘artists are like this: ‘ statements on Billfold come from not-artists.

Maybe there should be an ‘ask an artist’? column? I like this How I Do Money a lot:
http://thebillfold.com/2013/08/a-conversation-with-an-artistnonprofit-worker-about-her-money/

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