AN ARTIST needs to stop passively consuming the cultural mechanisms that are handed down to the ARTIST. AN ARTIST needs to know where every phoneme that they use comes from. AN ARTIST needs to know where every color that they use comes from. And in this journey of discovery, AN ARTIST needs reconfigure those units by creating the new, the unexplored, the undiscovered, the un-cultured, what has never been colonized. AN ARTIST is a person and a person is a living culture that has been colonized (socialized). AN ARTIST needs to re-appropriate itself.
is what keeps any power structure from falling.
Trust equals belief,
belief equals legitimacy,
legitimacy equals value,
and that is why twenty dollars can buy twenty dollars’ worth anywhere within this country.
is based on collective trust;
that is the only reason why it has value.
is based on how much power a person
(a unit of trust)
is willing to surrender.
This process is delineated by
esoteric systems of meaning.
ESOTERIC SYSTEMS OF MEANING
are grim to decipher and are designed to perpetuate a system of values.
A dollar bill is encoded with highly esoteric systems of meaning.
People in turn trust these esoteric systems of meaning with the assumption
that the ‘thing’ or person(s)
who devised such systems know what is
in a generally objective level.
like a system of government,
like a bank,
like a corporation
needs to be trusted in order to attain legitimacy.
After that has been achieved, any piece of work autographed by the
(even if it is
a can full of shit)
becomes the quintessence of value itself.
sometimes nothing. but sometimes very specific music. sometimes i have to look very hard for something that will change my mood. sometimes I have to look so hard that I forget what I was looking for in the first place. That can yield to either new exciting discoveries or my forgetting that I was in an exceptionally bad mood.
Rudimentary Beginings Manifesto to anti-cultural art?
- People have been and are still being conditioned to like mindless formalism. What does that mean?
- People have been conditioned to appreciate meaninglessness.
- People have been trained to feel satisfied by the medium alone disregarding whether there is a message or scope at all.
- People have been conditioned to worship anti-intellectualism. Art has just become a commodity; its idea is no longer a living organism.
- Does meaning have any use? Wittgenstein seems to know the answer: “Meaning IS the use!”
- There has risen an urgent cry for some sort of deconditioning and Art is the perfect vehicle for a more contemporary détournement.
- Just as culture is not universal, common sense reflects only a logic and reason that belongs to but a group and thus, not universal by nature.
- Just as Joseph Kosuth has written, contemporary art is simply augmentation of a culture, which we already share.
- Is art that does not augment a culture, culture? Is it even art?
- What is art that is informed by but does not augment our pre-shared understandings of meaning?
- Much like Diamanda Galás, “I want people to not think of dancing when they hear my music.”
- There will be no massage in what I do.
Where do our phonemes come from?
Where do our ideas come from?
Why do we think the thoughts that are thought in our minds?
How is meaning shared?
How is a pre-existing meaning re-negotiated?
How much influence does meaning have the construction of experience?
AN ARTIST needs to want to stop passively consuming the cultural mechanisms that are handed down to the ARTIST. AN ARTIST needs to know where every phoneme that they use comes from. AN ARTIST needs to know where every color that they use comes from. And in this journey of discovery, AN ARTIST needs reconfigure those units by creating the new, the unexplored, the undiscovered, the un-cultured, what has never been colonized. AN ARTIST needs to know that Formalism is a form of self-colonization.