Postmodernists might well assert that their arch parodies, nihilism and pastiche subvert and shock society. I am not sure how true this is. As Richard Kearney observes,’ groundbreaking' art is often rapidly assimilated into the mainstream. 'Even the most dissident imaginations appear to be swallowed into the ideology of the simulacrum which prevails in our consumer age'.
* Quotations from THE WAKE OF IMAGINATION Richard Kearney 1988
19/2/2015 07:37:37 am
I am so happy to read this. Speaking as a musician , we have been devastatingly affected by the ubiquity of recorded material and the ever increasing ability to "perfect" the sound of people playing music.Whilst I can understand this when recording music in the studio for a film track which needs to be synched perfectly to a visual scene , when it comes to authentic experience we are all but lost in the concert hall. Our precious human gift of vulnerability and uncertainty, a sense of questioning which leads us on further to explore rather than dominate seems so irrelevant and uninteresting currently.
19/2/2015 08:21:08 am
Hi Sophie, I think it's time to request a new kind of aesthetics! Natalie X
19/2/2015 10:09:56 am
My partner, Anne Massey, says the new show 'History is Now' at the Hayward has plenty of authentic experiences to offer, worth a look before we get too downhearted.
19/2/2015 11:22:26 am
Many thanks for the tip, Jim (and Anna). I am booking now!
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