Tag Archives: Baudrillard

The Conditions of Post-Postmodernity

Note: In each triad, the first figure represents modernism, the second figure postmodernism, and the third the woefully tacky-sounding post-postmodernism. It should be noted that just as postmodernism emerged from within modernism while also against it, maintaining a balance between … Continue reading

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Cut it Up and Start Again: Dub Soundscapes and Aesthetic Solidarity

    The boy did a handstand in the surf, laughing. He walked on his hands, then flipped out of the water. His eyes were Riveria’s, but there was no malice there. “To call up a demon you must learn … Continue reading

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Communique from the Committee for the Liberation of Autonomous Amusement: on the media

 “Representations have become more powerful than the material reality itself.”i When we make representations, we never accurately reach that which is being represented. There is a gulf between the object and the subject, and this gulf extends even to these … Continue reading

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American Glimpses (1 and 2)

Jean Baudrillard from America (1986) Astral America. The lyrical nature of pure circulation. As against the melancholy of European analyses. The direct star-blast from vectors and signals, from the vertical and the spatial. As against the fevered distance of the … Continue reading

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Whither Situationism? (Intellectual Gridlock and the Control Society)

While detouring into the foray of art/anti-art/non-art as a mechanism for prompting social change or sustaining radical currents, I’ve been rereading a lot of material that emerged in the heyday of modernity, and I’ve been stuck with the sense of … Continue reading

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Art Under Capital (Part I of II)

…Capitalism grants art a perpetual privileged concession: that of pure creative activity – an isolated creativity which serves as an alibi for the alienation of all other activities (and which thus also makes it the most expensive and prestigious status … Continue reading

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Baudrillard’s Art Conspiracy

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about the role of art in both opposition and in compatibility with contemporary forms of economics and control (transnational post-Fordism), and I came across this article by Sylvere Lotringer about Jean … Continue reading

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