Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Words to the Wise: Alexei Shulgin

from Alexei Shulgin's essay "Art, Power, and Communication" :

















Artists! Try to forget the very
word and notion "art". Forget those silly fetishes - artefacts that are imposed to you by suppressive system you were obliged to refer your creative activity to.

Theorists! Stop pretending that you are not artists. Your will to obtain power on people seducing them with intellectual speculations is very obvious (though understandable). But realm of pure and genuine communication is much more appealing and is becoming very possible nowadays.

Media artists! Stop manipulate people with your fake "interactive media installations" and "intelligent interfaces"! You are very close to the idea of communication, closer than artists and theorists! Just get rid of your ambitions and don't regard people as idiots, unable for creative communication. Today you can find those that can affiliate you on equal level. If you want of course.



4 Comments:

Blogger John K said...

I like some of his charges and challenges, though I am suspicious of anything "pure"; is purity either possible or desirable, ever?

3:07 AM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger Mendi O. said...

Well, I think this essay tends to work against the notion of purity (and the way it works in the artist's or theorist's desire for power). My next post will concern this issue. Watch for it.

11:19 AM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger ruth-e said...

i would like to put, 'theorists, stop pretending that you are not artists' on a t-shirt. no lie. it would be just beautiful....

all love, mendi...

2:38 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger Littlemilk said...

I got a raised eyebrow and the shit is stuck.

We need to talk.

11:22 AM, March 13, 2006  

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