This quote is taken from an interview with Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), a British mathematician, philosopher, logician and founding member and, the only president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, established in 1958 at the height of the Cold War.
The activities of Art & Language have been marked from the outset by practical variety, by resistance to easy categorization and by a tendency to provoke open and reflexive enquiry. Art & Language’s earliest works date from before 1968, when the name was first adopted to refer to an artistic practice. In the following year, the first issue of the journal Art-Language was published in England. Over the next few years, Art & Language provided a common identity for a number of people already involved in various types of collaboration. The mid 1960s had seen widespread collapse in the authority of those individualistic cultural protocols which go under the name of Modernism, and the coming together of the two terms ‘Art’ and ‘Language’ served to recognize a range of intellectual concerns and artistic expedients that collapse had occasioned. For a variety of activities which bore practically and critically upon the concept of art, but which were at home neither in the studio nor in the gallery, Art & Language promised a social base in shared conversation. That conversation in turn transformed the practice of those involved and generated other kinds of work.