Originally posted on Re(-)petitions:
I recently ran across this quote from Hamann on Wikiquote:
Let us assume that we invited an unknown person to a game of cards. If this person answered us, “I don’t play,” we would either interpret this to mean that he did not understand the game, or that he had an aversion to it which arose from economic, ethical, or other reasons. Let us imagine, however, that an honorable man, who was known to possess every possible skill in the game, and who was well versed in its rules and its forbidden tricks, but who could like a game and participate in it only when it was an innocent pastime, were invited into a company of clever swindlers, who were known as good players and to whom he was equal on both scores, to join them in a game. If he said, “I do not play,” we would have…
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Contemporary art is post-conceptual art
Public lecture by Peter Osborne
9 July 2010
Also it can be real difficulties with comprehension of what Osborne is actually talking about- concept, contemporary, conditions,unity, collectivization and then again concept conditions and pre=conditions, and post+conditions and, most importantly, propositions and propositions again. What is post-conceptual art then? Post -conceptual worth to be translated as anti- conceptual detection of applied cognition. However, Osborne makes his way round and far from the sharply eyed dissection…
Valeska Gert (1892-1978), the most influential 20th century performance artist you’ve never heard of, danced traffic jams, car accidents, slow movie cuts, boxers, babies, orgasms, and most radically, nothing.
In a 1920s performance that was often repeated but only documented in a single photograph, Gert entertained Berlin cinema audiences during the pause between reels by dancing… the Pause itself. Posed in front of a curtain, arms stretched above her head and completely still, Gert managed to put conceptual brackets around “nothing” some thirty years before John Cage would compose his “groundbreaking” silent piece, “4’33””.
The quiet of “Pause” allows a cacophony of ideas and concepts to crowd in. Could there, perhaps, be a comment in there on the neurasthenia caused by the sudden acceleration of everything? Or a recognition of the bewildering difference between a still body in the flesh, and the moving body onscreen? Maybe it is ideas…
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The Virus of language installed into the human beings seems could not ever be interrupted with its destructive activity -asking and producing answers, explaining and re-explaining, writing and overwriting. Endlessness of the text whether written or spoken engulfs all possibilities of non-language development by cutting thinker off from doing other way round. The aim of constantly growing hypertext is to oppress and discipline, to build and maintain inescapable fatality of so-called communication through the addressing it to the core level of existence.
notion of nothingness and life absurdity accommodates perfectly within any concepts and certainly become their yet disguised essence