RE: [-empyre-] Method Manifest
> Wow, this is becoming a frightening discussion:
> "ben .w" wrote:
> > Hideki how did you come to change your direction from being a multimedia
> > artist to a pure artist. did you experience the techno overload
> > that drives many of us to seek simplicity. also why do you claim
> > this is pure art
> I remember a discussion in Berlin a few years ago, where Karl Heinz
> Jeron from sero.org became very angry because somebody used the term
> 'pure net.art'. Purity, especially in a German context of course, has a
> rather uncanny feel to it when used to distinguish anything else but
> alcohol or gold.
Well said, Josephine, though I doubt you are particularly frightened.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=purity is a search for purity. I see
there are quite a few tests here for purity of various types. OK, an impure search for purity.
Purity, it seems, is specially of concern to fundamentalists looking for something easy to
Artistic purists are unfortunately in the position, it seems, of doing the same pure thing ad
nauseum out of devotion to purity. Like ablutions. Though one wouldn't recommend people stop
doing their ablutions, necessarily.
At least in English and, as you say, Josephine, specially in a German context, "purity" is
perhaps irrecoverably sullied by the rhetoric and actions of those from the past who have
pursued "purity" at homicidal levels of exclusion and zealotry, particularly concerning racial
But even in artistic realms, purists oblige themselves to predictability, adherance to their own
propaganda, to method or doctrine. Here's to dullness.
Is that what is going on here, Hideki, or something else? You deserve the benefit of doubt. I
understand the language barrier is a problem, a source of possible misinterpretation.
I looked at some of your URLs. "Corruption and appropriation are prohibited." Trying to keep it
pure? Good luck.
"These method arts, on the one hand, return to the tradition which each form depends on, and on
the other hand, sing in chorus a single principle in the same age. We, methodicists, doubt
liberty and equality which have produced license and indolence in arts and sciences, and
reinstate logics as ethics."
What do you mean by saying you (your name is at the bottom of
http://aloalo.co.jp/nakazawa/method/03manifesto3_e.html) "doubt liberty and equality"?
And what does it mean to "reinstate logics as ethics"?
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