Week 2 started off with a presentation by Cat. This was based on the work that we sent to her which we individually felt was important in representing the political in art. The following are some of the artist/artworks/works mentioned:
Gerhard Richter – Uncle Rudi 1965
Gerhard Richter’s seminal photorealist portrait Uncle Rudi (Onkel Rudi) (1965), which depicts his Nazi uncle smiling in his Wehrmacht officer uniform. Interesting discussion followed on embracing one’s past, warts and all and how this is the only way to ensure that mistakes are not repeated.
Gustav Metzger – Acid Paintings
Gustav Metzger painting with hydrochloric acid on nylon. South Bank, London, 1961/1966.
Luc Moullet – The Origins of a Meal – 1978
Santiago Sierra, 160 cm Line Tattooed on Four People, 2000.
AA Bronson Felix Partz, June 5, 1994 1999 lacquer on vinyl
For “Reaction: Vomiting in Nanjing” (2005), Zhou Bin walked through an art museum and vomited before any works he liked or disliked.
Dolgun – Alexander Dolgun (co-written with Patrick Watson)
Jesse felt that the connection between all the artists/works is that the Body is the centre of gravity in the political world.
We also briefly discussed General Idea:
General Idea was a collective of three Canadian artists, Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and AA Bronson, who were active from 1967 to 1994. As pioneers of early conceptual and media-based art, their collaboration became a model for artist-initiated activities and continues to be a prominent influence on subsequent generations of artists.
Initially working in Toronto, from 1968 through 1993 they divided their time between Toronto and New York before returning to Toronto for the last few months of their time together.
General Idea’s work inhabited and subverted forms of popular and media culture, including beauty pageants, boutiques, television talk shows, trade fair pavilions and mass media. Their work was often presented in unconventional media forms such as postcards, prints, posters, wallpaper, balloons, crestsand pins. From 1987 through 1994 their work addressed the AIDS crisis, with work that included some 75 temporary public art projects… – wikipedia
Following the presentation by Cat, we read Michael Taussig’s ‘The Magic of the State’
What follows are some bullet points of the discussion and artists/artworks/philosophers etc that were mentioned.
- By changing the name (of the country) into a fictional name therefore made the book about the political in general and not just a specific state.
- pg 11 – The after-image that surges from radical incompleteness
- The soul disappears in politics/political art but re-emerges in relation to Marxist discourse
- Biffo Berardi – (Franco “Bifo” Berardi (born 2 November 1948 in Bologna, Italy) is an Italian Marxist theorist and activist in the autonomist tradition, whose work mainly focuses on the role of the media and information technology within post-industrial capitalism. Berardi has written over two dozen published books, as well as a more extensive number of essays and speeches.) – wikipedia
- Oscar Wilde – (The Soul of Man under Socialism is an 1891 essay by Oscar Wilde in which he expounds a libertarian socialist worldview and a critique of charity. The writing of The Soul of Man followed Wilde’s conversion to anarchist philosophy, following his reading of the works of Peter Kropotkin. – Wikipedia)
- Marxist spiritualism
- Post transhumanist – something that connects human consciousness.
- Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international and intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and creating widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as the ethics of using such technologies. The most common thesis is that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into different beings with abilities so greatly expanded from the natural condition as to merit the label ofposthuman beings. – wikipedia
- Donna Harraway – writer on post human thinking – The Cyborg manifesto in the 1990s – technology is shaping the idea of the self. – Donna J. Haraway (born September 6, 1944) is a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department and Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, United States. Haraway, a prominent scholar in the field of science and technology studies, was described in the early 1990s as a “feminist, rather loosely a neo-Marxist and a postmodernist“. She is the author of numerous books and essays that bring together questions of science and feminism, such as A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century (1985) and Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective (1988). – Wikipedia
- Magical anthropology = post human/soul
- The state was created through a subservience to religious power
- Magic compulsion in relation to political
- Edward Louis James Bernays (; German: [bɛɐ̯ˈnaɪs]; November 22, 1891 − March 9, 1995) was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in hisobituary as “the father of public relations”. He combined the ideas of Gustave Le Bon and Wilfred Trotter on crowd psychology with the psychoanalytical ideas of his uncle, Sigmund Freud. He felt this manipulation was necessary in society, which he regarded as irrational and dangerous as a result of the “herd instinct” that Trotter had described… – wikipedia
- Artistic strategy of Breaking the magic
- How language penetrates the State
- Julia Kristeva – (born 24 June 1941) is a Bulgarian–French philosopher, literary critic, psychoanalyst, feminist, and, most recently, novelist, who has lived in France since the mid-1960s. She is now a professor at the University Paris Diderot. Kristeva became influential in international critical analysis, cultural theory and feminism after publishing her first book, Semeiotikè, in 1969. Her sizable body of work includes books and essays which address intertextuality, the semiotic, and abjection, in the fields of linguistics, literary theory and criticism, psychoanalysis, biography and autobiography, political and cultural analysis, art and art history. She is among the prominent figures in structuralist thought, while her works have also been recognized as having an important place in post-structuralism. – wikipedia
- The materiality of marble – this stone weighed down the ships during transport – it becomes a metaphor for the weight of the master
- The State thrives on the existing belief system of the population. To be successful in dominating a people, it has to soak up and use existing belief systems.
- Myth is rooted in the state
- Marcia Salles – Stone Age Economics is a classic study of anthropological economics, first published in 1974. As Marshall Sahlins stated in the first edition, “It has been inspired by the possibility of ‘anthropological economics, ‘ a perspective indebted rather to the nature of the primitive economies than to the categories of a bourgeois science.”
- Colonial obliteration of anthropology was a mistake. Exiled forms of knowledge had wisdom that was equal to or greater than colonialism/western way of thought
- Everyone has some form of subjectivity that affects the way we interact with art.
- Jesse – “… on-line virtual existence… disembodied perceptual deaths
- Cat told us the story of the Death Watch Beetle – To attract mates, these woodborers create a tapping or ticking sound that can be heard in the rafters of old buildings on quiet summer nights. They are therefore associated with quiet, sleepless nights and are named for the vigil (watch) kept beside the dying or dead, and by extension the superstitious have seen the death watch as an omen of impending death.
- … Something that becomes present when it dies
- World’s Greatest Dad, 2009 – directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. It tells the story of a father who writes a fake suicide note for his dead son and how different social groups in his school remembered him – in different ways based on this bogus note. It shows how the fact that someone dies changes how they are viewed by social groups and how in death, a person can gain a new persona or social status.
- Jackie – Something is only legal if there is something illegal. Interesting parallel between the official and unofficial and the power of this.
- Marina Grzinic – migrant crisis. Look up CREATE
- necropolitical – idea of death of a political state
- How do we classify humans through necropolitism
- Anthony Haughey “The increasing legislation and controls exerted upon migrants also affect those who hold national citizenship. We are all subjected to increasing surveillance, biometric measuring and restriction or exclusion from crossing international boundaries. Therefore, the erosion of citizen’s rights is inextricably bound with global migration policies.” – Your history is our history
- Lisa Godson – ritual, body, state – Making 1916: material and visual culture of the Easter Rising (Liverpool University Press: 2015) http://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/products/60501
Co-editor of the first book to focus on this aspect of the Rising, with 22 contributors from a broad range of disciplines including history of art, visual culture, literary history, performance studies, archaeology and material culture. – See more at: http://www.ncad.ie/research-people/view/dr-lisa-godson#sthash.Ch2Bd3oK.dpuf – extract from ncad.ie
- Helle – talked about how shared ownership (specifically of a patch of forest in Sweden) has resulted in natural diversity. She also talked about how “Everything that is dead, is alive” and how everything is interdependent, including life on death.
- language to a human is like the fly trapped in a glass – we exist within its structures
- Manuela talked about ceremonies and mythology in Mozambique and the amalgamation of fact and fantastical ritual systems.
- Dramatisation – we perform to verify the state through ceremony
- Willy Doherty – film maker who deals with the hidden or secret
- Phil Collins – They Shoot Horses, 2004
- Suzanne Lacey – The Oakland Project, 1991 – dealing with the transition from childhood to adulthood.
- Grant Kester is Professor of Art History and the founding editor of FIELD: A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism.
- Claire Doherty – Situations – Claire Doherty is the founder Director of Situations. Following a ten-year period investigating new curatorial models beyond conventional exhibition-making at a range of art institutions
- Martin Jay – Downcast Eyes – This has been recommended as being of particular importance to my practice
- Think about forms of knowledge systems that exists away from and brushes up against art.
- What kind of symbolic system can I set up in order to connect with my inquiry
- Is there a knowledge system that I can plug into or how can it plug into me/my work
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