“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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Björk's MoMA Show Critics

“Because Björk decided to put most of the exhibition within plain sight as you come in--whether you have paid or not--in a typically anarchist surrealist manner--I am prevented from showing you these high cultural goodies from behind this paywall that I was allowed behind, to be handed a glass of bubbly. Therefore the exhibition is bad.

“Also, her approach makes a mockery of most art criticism, which is about 20 years out of date and hasn't yet come to terms with how in the (ecological age) absence of one (human-formatted) scale from which to view objects, means that beauty comes fringed with things that are a bit like what we like to call kitsch. Kitsch reminds us that:

“1. Enjoyment is always of the other.
2. The aesthetic experience is incredibly cheap and widely available, even to beetles: just look at their iridescent wing cases.
3. There is an aesthetic experience, and it's not just a (human) construct.

“We have been arguing that art is a construct for some time. Everything is a urinal waiting for an artist's (human) signature to realize it as art. Björk is not playing that game.

“This exhibition is an affront to my anthropocentric correlationist art theory and my (related) obsession with sophistication. Therefore, there is something wrong with it. ”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

*This* is why I am bringing you to my next knife fight.