Posts Tagged ‘ aesthetics ’

Alex Dimitrov – BOMB Magazine

The two writers stroll the streets of Manhattan to talk about Dimitrov’s new poetry collection, Love and Other Poems, which traces his affection for the city.

At the end of the day, when I’m writing something, I just care about it being aesthetically pleasing to me, and then I’m hoping that it’s aesthetically pleasing to someone else. I want art to give people pleasure. To return people to themselves, the inner self. Something that is well made is important. It can get you up in the morning. – Alex Dimitrov

Source: Alex Dimitrov – BOMB Magazine

POST-CRISIS POETICS: T.C. Marshall, A Secret Agent, a Spaceman, & a Talking Bear: A Theory of Doubling the Stakes in Poetry

As we choose and argue over our ways of making art, over the uses of our tools, we re-enact the policing of the world at large. Heriberto Yépez has laid this all out sharply in his provocatively pointed “Notes on art’s crap.” In this part of his work “Against the Police-Concept of Art,” Yépez delightfully excoriates our dominant art world and indicts its aestheticisms. He has taken ideas like Rancière’s to the next level, and outdone him on all counts. The re-incorporation of severed parts of society may have been Whitman’s game, as the telling it slant was Dickinson’s, and the reaching to include other mindsets was Rimbaud’s and Mallarmé’s, and all are praised as “politics” by Rancière in his literary criticism, but art polices itself too—through us, the artists. Art’s function, Yépez says, “is to sabotage individual discontent and prevent violent collective explosions” by balancing our work against the art-world games of being heard and choosing what to hear, just as the management of finance tries to do with the other crises in our world through devaluations. It is our accounting of the world that polices it. As Heriberto writes: “Every element of art polices the others,” and “Police is the ruling concept of art.” To assert that artworks “are part of the pacification apparatus” where “you are supposed to be the detective who finds additional meanings in art and never finds the police and the crime” is almost funny in the way it frames us, but it leads him to an abrupt fierce conclusion about our arts:  – T.C. Marshall

Art will not change. Art will not change art. Art will not change the world. The world needs to destroy art. The transformation of the world will involve the destruction of every form of art. Art’s self-destruction is not enough.  – Heriberto Yépez

Source: POST-CRISIS POETICS: T.C. Marshall, A Secret Agent, a Spaceman, & a Talking Bear: A Theory of Doubling the Stakes in Poetry

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg: The dream of better – YouTube

The Last Instance – Uchromia | Alexander R. Galloway

Liz Deschenes, “Tilt / Swing #4B” (2009).

Source: The Last Instance | Alexander R. Galloway

Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice by Jennifer Scappettone | Columbia University Press

Book Details : Killing the Moonlight.
(part one)  (part two)

Heriberto Yépez: Ethopoetics, What Is It? | Jacket2


Writers, thinkers, intellectuals, artists, ¡poets! Need to heal themselves (from themselves) in order to become true visionaries.  We haven’t done that — that’s the only task that completely matters right now. But what is happening now? In Latin America, in Spain, in Europe, in China, in Japan, in America, in Russia, in everyplace the human mind is afraid of being an animal still evolving—and after the big upheaval we are living a return to the old models of poet as man-of-letters, and ‘artists’ as man-of-walls, though by way of post-modern disguises! Deceit yourselves! Or use all your irony or all your critical theory you can to hide from what you deeply know! Poets have to become knowers. **** Poetry then means the new-making of oneself.– Heriberto Yépez

Heriberto Yépez: Ethopoetics, What Is It?

Histories of Lived Experience | Knowledge Ecology


Image: Edward Burtynsky

Histories of Lived Experience | Knowledge Ecology.

“What Inspires Me is Feeling” by Jeff Koons | Art in America


“What Inspires Me is Feeling”: Jeff Koons – Magazine – Art in America.

A NEW POETICS OF DASEIN Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei | Hyperion on the future of aesthetics


Orpheus by Franz von Stuck, 1891

A NEW POETICS OF DASEIN Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

The Story of Orpheus

Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge by Michèle Gerber Klein / BOMB Magazine

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. Photo: Kiki Smith. Courtesy of Kiki Smith and U.L.A.E.