Tag Archives: Andy Warhol

it’s not the meat it’s the notion

“The concept of spectacle unifies and explains a great diversity of apparent phenomena. The diversity and the contrasts are appearances of a socially organized appearance, the general truth of which must itself be recognized. Considered in its own terms, the … Continue reading

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call of the wild: frozen delirium

Delirium. Soviet Union. It’s what is not us, not only separate from us but alien,and so different that to confuse with us is to flirt with madness, like a visceral fear of mad love, a temporary insanity that may have … Continue reading

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two shovels: digging for lazarus

The society of the spectacle to which we all belong ¬†treads a thin line between derealization ¬†and the ambiguous nature of our cultural code that straddles reality and kitsch. And if any place on earth becomes part of the spectacle … Continue reading

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men of leisure: rewards of mediocrity

When you read about the number of billionaires in the United States, it is easy to arrive at a judgement that defines Americans as brighter than everyone else and have the cash hoard as evidence. This is balanced by cultural … Continue reading

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status system: picking through the wreckage

…With the Keynesian economy operating at full throttle, it can be said that idleness and wealth have been scattered with a generous hand, and everyone is condemned to be a consumer to some degree. The heady atmosphere of abundance has … Continue reading

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status seekers : moving ladders

Famed sociologist W. Lloyd Warner believed that a status system is in fact desirable for a society to have. “The principle of rank and status,” he wrote, “is necessary to provide men with the motives to excel by striving for … Continue reading

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art for the sake of creative destruction

Consciousness of the all-mighty dollar is pretty pervasive, even overwhelming. In the modern art world it informs aesthetic and spiritual content like everything else in society, conquering art such that art itself is a pure commodity, a sub-species of money … Continue reading

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just shy of 15 minutes

by Art Chantry: i think andy was shot the day after robert f. kennedy was assassinated. so, andy didn’t QUITE get the 15 minutes he thought he should have. largely ignored when it happened.

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billions and billions served

Where economics and consumerism and the concept of social justice collide when robotics and consumer commerce grope in some form of embrace. At the moment its more of a media spectacle, although underlying it all is the famous maxim of … Continue reading

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tears and fears: RIP (through) holy land

Attack Jerusalem? Launching rockets on the eternal city? Imagine the irony if a Hamas rocket hits the Dome of the Rock? Recoil time to play in the rubble. Something here about Walter Benjamin’s idea of children playing in trash and … Continue reading

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