[-empyre-] vigilar y castigar

Jon Thomson j.thomson at ucl.ac.uk
Sun Jan 23 03:56:37 EST 2011

Thanks for the quotes and the link to the article.  

The spirit of it reminds us of Gustav Metzger's second manifesto of auto-destructive art (http://www.luftgangster.de/audeart3.html), and the drowning man imagery points us to the problems of cultural feedback loops in our societies (in the cybernetic sense) just as  Rod Dickinson and Steve Rushton have done in their 2009 artwork Who, What, Where, When, Why and How (http://www.roddickinson.net/pages/whowhatwhere/project-synopsis.php)

Jon & Alison

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On 22 Jan 2011, at 12:06, ajaco c/o bid wrote:

> Hi Jon & Alison
> Sorry to be a bit incomprehensible, but I can add the following quotes to
> clarify a bit: [*]
> "Modern life appears as a drowning man filming itself in its dead 
> struggle, the sight of  a drowning man filming his own drowning in a 
> world which as a whole is drowning is extremely absurd, there are  no 
> spectators to watch left. It is as if the act of filming replaces life
> itself . The residual of life is more life than life itself .  This
> scenery is really a last station, the complete artistically  epigraphical 
> swan song of mankind, filmed on a cell-phone by a  drowning man."
> &
> "The act of seeing (active) gradually changing in the act of looking 
> (passive) is exactly what modern global capitalism is doing with  human
> mankind. By replacing the means to create a life (rurality,  agriculture,
> self protecting, autocratic societies) with the means to earn a life(
> industries, labor, rent, mortgage, salary, funeral insurance) the accent
> slowly drifts from the active sense to the  passive sense. Exemplified by
> the way Internet developed  from a  research instrument to an
> entertainment device. In this process which lasted a surprisingly short
> term of about ten years, the presence of  the web turned from a small
> interesting peer to peer group to a huge  beast of millenarian
> proportions. The monster as the natural companion  of a gigantic
> destroyer. The spider’s web is an-eying the world , the  eye lost its
> vision and is multiplied inwardly on a enormous scale ,  blinded by its
> own image like the drowning men filming its own  drowning in a drowning
> world."
> [*] from:
> Creative insurgency opposes established cultural domination - A. Andreas 2007
> http://nictoglobe.com/new/query2.html?d=articles&f=ci
>> Hi Simon and Andreas
>> simon said:
>>> Sometimes a cinema is just a cinema.
>> Yes you're right sometimes a cinema is indeed just a cinema, although
>> these days most are fitted with night vision cameras.
>> andreas said:
>>> No!, it is just another subversion of the mighty new media mob,
>>> disguised as political correct, contemporary popular cultural analysis,
>>> not properly making the distinction between 'art' and media.
>>> Forget those empty words of McLuhan!
>>> "The Medium is Not  the Message!"
>> Could you say a bit more about what you mean here?
>> thanks and best wishes,
>> Jon & Alison
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