“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

Living Graffiti

Courtesy of Bill Benzon. The neat thing about the concept is, it straddles decorating and causing or affecting. Because is graffiti art or vandalism? As I've been arguing for a while, the aesthetic dimension is the causal dimension.

1 comment:

Bill Benzon said...

Here's a follow-up post, Tim, where I compare the making of graffiti to group poetry improv in medieval Japan, argue that graffiti is a manifestation of the kami of the site, and that those sites are mu'en ("no relation", a term in Japanese Buddhism) sites.