“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Friday, July 29, 2011

Bobby, Banksy, Causality, Phenomenology, Graffiti

Dreamduke nails it. Rather wonderfully, what he's describing is vandalism against graffiti itself. When something is erased it has been affected by some other object. Apropos of my previous.

Because there is a profound ambiguity in objects, which is precisely the chorismos between their being and their appearance. This results in appearance having a slightly evil vibe about it, according to some philosophical views. Because you can never be sure. Is it art? Is it vandalism? We can ask this question because art is always already vandalism, causality...

1 comment:

Bill Benzon said...

What do you make of this battle between Banksy and Old Skool grafster King Robbo? Banksy went over one on Robbo's old pieces, so Robbo came out of retirement—he's got a wife and kids, ya know—revised Banksy's revision of him.