Introduction

What is this?

Short avant-garde texts.

Experimental, conceptual.

Not quite poetry, no way a novel.

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Others refer to compositions as briefs.

Also known as western dissident art.

Only five briefs are published.

Regularly, new briefs replace old.

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If this grabs your attention.

Contact Ed Strong for more.

Trade enquiries welcome.

ed.strong[at]gmx.com or @mustbed

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Artist As Anonymous

Art reflects or is slightly ahead of a culture. The last century has seen the rise of modernism and ensuing posts. Art increasingly examines itself. Engrossed, referential, conscious, indulgent.

It’s the inevitable consequence of capitalist bourgeois individualism. Nothing matters more than me. Quick, take a selfie.

Response: Most abstract art hasn’t been about ‘me’, from early modernism on. This fact has been obscured mainly by the promotional side, which always sells art as being self-expressive.

It’s not necessarily the content that’s about ‘me’. Modern art goes from self-expression to self-indulgence and narcissism.

You’re absolutely right about the promotional side. It’s become an exercise in marketing. The artist should be anonymous. []

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Seize the Sexual Moment

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The Party’s Over

Watch what you’re thinking. The wise man inculcated.

How should we market mental activity? What’s your degree of?

We’re not talking arithmetic here. More like compound analysis.

I’m that which surpasses you’re over and out. []

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Need to Belong

We’re influenced by those around us to think and behave in similar ways. A few are trendsetters. The rest are eager to follow.

Those jumping on bandwagons are desperate to belong. Social media and networking have intensified the herd mentality.

On a larger scale the phenomenon is used by the media to persuade us to think in particular ways. The master narrative.

We dislike people who are different from us. Denigrating those who appear narrow-minded helps to reinforce our prejudices.

We belong to a group, class, tradition. Our sense of self is con-
firmed when we’re indoctrinated into the dominant ideology. []

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Good Conduct & Character

I tend to mania. You maintain depression.

I’m sorry to tell you.

The viewer remains in a state of.

What’s to be done, doctor?

Any excuse for moral advice.

I’ve got this conditioned response to those who give it.

There’s always duty to pay.

I won’t play on the team. Not even as leader.

Call me irresponsible.

As I look from now. When’s my time due? []

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