Faculty Lounger

When analysing artists you should resist obfuscating seminar jargon and mentally get out of the faculty lounge.

There’s an intercultural optic unique to those working in the liminal territory between linguistically distinct cultures.

The function of the text is to literalize the signifiers of the first encounter, deconstructing the ideal as ineffectual solipsism.

In this literalization, the idolatrous deception of the first moment becomes readable. Unexpectedly the ideal reveals itself as an idol.

The ideal is pursued by a devouring doppelganger, tearing apart all transcendence. Rhetorically, this de-idealization follows the path of reification towards carnalization of the spiritual. []

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Taming The Avant-Garde

Bourgeois contradictions in its period of decline.

The abstract principle of intellectual and artistic creation.

A resistance to the avant-garde when it first appears.

To compartmentalise artistic activity.

Once the rebel’s tamed readily exploited.

In the domain of culture the bourgeoisie strives.

Diverting the taste for innovation, which threatens stability.

Preferring degraded and harmless forms of novelty. []

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The Bourgeois Predicament

We’re condemned to regard our lives with deep ambivalence and intense feelings of guilt. We have comfortable routines, supported by rich institutions which enable us to pursue rewarding projects under conditions of freedom and reasonable luxury.

But there’s no unconditional affirmation. The ‘comfort zone’ is available only to those lucky enough to be in the upper reaches of wealth distribution. Our privilege depends on a global system of extreme social and economic inequality.

These class conditions are so objectionable they spoil the pleasures of privilege. Inequality threatens the value and meaning of our lives. This is the ‘bourgeois predicament’.

A system that gave everyone a decent standard of living would depend on reducing the disposable resources of the most affluent.

A Privilege Tax on the incomes of white bourgeois party members to help fund social programmes for minority communities. []

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Mute

Would you be interested in publishing some of my work? I’ve enclosed two screenshots. You can read more on my website, noxious.com. The current password for the site is blank. It will remain that until the end of the month.

My work might be called Briefs: A New Form of Fiction. Most of the pieces are original. The rest are manipulations of other texts. I take clips from several sources, rewrite and disorganise them.

Most of the images have been found on the web. Appropriation art. You might like to publish a few of the briefs enclosed.

I look forward to hearing from you. []

Justin Thyme [Young Adult]

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All Form No Content

The modernist re-appropriates an alienated universe.

To transform it into a personal style and private language.

This only reconfirms its forceful privatization.

She conceals social content by convoluting new styles.

Any significance is out of sight, protected by formalism.

The aesthetic productions of capitalism turn out to be.

The crisis of isolated individuals with no narrative drive.

The fragmented forms of modernism reveal a social malaise.

When we break down the reification of a modernist work.

The contentless text returns to its original reality.

The self-absorption of alienation in a reified society.

Each artist creates a micro-culture only she can interpret. []

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