“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, October 28, 2011

Harman on Expressionist Realism

Graham's post speaks for itself. Count me as a paid up member of this faction. The examples Graham uses are taken from numerous Pierrot sources including Stravinsky and Schoenberg's setting of Giraud.

I now try to refer to Pierrot Lunaire in every talk I give. A while back it was Blade Runner and if you recall J.F. Sebastian's house, you will see the link. Indeed, the Herrmann movie Graham speaks of here is remarkably Blade Runnerish.

This is not just fantastic whimsy—believe me I'm all for that too. I do indeed think that there is some juice left in Expressionism and related art that I don't see elsewhere, and that this is for reasons to do with OOO and ecology.

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