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Re: OT: Musical languistics

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Thursday, June 5, 2003, 2:52
In a message dated 2003:06:04 02:08:16 AM, christophe.grandsire@FREE.FR

>I still remember when I visited the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (museum >of Modern Art) with my partner. Some things I liked, some not, but I always >recognised that it was works of art, even when I didn't like it. But close >to the end of the visit, I saw a ladder, a chair, and a bucket with a broom >in it, just put there on a corner of the corridor. And I said to Jan: "Nice >museum, but the cleansing department could have at least taken back their >things!". Jan reacted quite surprised, and pointed out the little plate >on the wall indicating that it was a work of art!!!
>I then argued with him that it was *not* art, because otherwise I wouldn't
have >mistaken it for the cleansing department's material (he said that because *I* mistook >it, it was not enough not to call it art. I replied that if a single person,
>who is otherwise very artistically inclined as myself and certainly not >a classicist, fails to recognise that a piece is a work of art - and not >just not like it, no, really not see it was meant to be art at all! -, then >it's not a piece of art). You needn't put a big "ART" on things so that they >really become art, but art can't just be in your head, as you said very >well. Art has to "speak", if only to say "Hi! I'm art". It doesn't mean >I have to like it. But if I just fail to recognise something as a piece of >art, then I can safely say that it's not art. It's not just a matter of >opinion here.
IMHO you are forgetting the great _French_ Dada Marcel Duchamp and his _objets trouves_, i.e. the urinal signed "R. Mutt." Also the _French_ Surrealist concept of "automatic sculpture" comes to mind. [Hehe, rubbin' the French-ness in... What's a lil rough ribbing amongst friends, eh, CG?] In wry, subversive way, calling found objects "art" is way of _otstraneniye_ - a Russian word and Formalist term - roughly meaning "to make the familiar strange." At the very least, things we take for granted deserve closer examination purely on "aesthetic experience." At most, closer examination of both our lives and the objects in them mayhaps will lead to betterment of said lives and objects... "The unexamined life is a wasted one..." = ! gw3rraa kaakaa! ! riis3rvaa, saaIlvaa, riikuu, sk0paa-g0mii aen riizijkl0! = (Fight Waste! Save, Salvage, Recover, Scavenge and Recycle!) --- Hanuman Zhang, _Gomi no sensei_ [Master of junk] & Gatherer of Extremely Enlightening Knowledge (or GEEK, for short ;) "To live is to scrounge, taking what you can in order to survive. So, since living is scrounging, the result of our efforts is to amass a pile of rubbish." - Chuang Tzu/Zhuangzi, China, 4th Century BCE "The most beautiful order is a heap of sweepings piled up at random." - Heraclitus, Greece, 5th Century BCE Ars imitatur Naturam in sua operatione. [Latin > "Art is the imitation of Nature in her manner of operation."] " jinsei to iu mono wa, kichou na geijyutsu to ieru deshou " [Japanese > "one can probably say that 'life' is a precious artform"] in more radical, paracultural terms: "the (R)Evolution of the Everyday" "There is no total revolution, there is only _perpetual_ Revolution, real life, like love, dazzling at every moment." - Paul Eluard "oh shiny" - Kiki the Ferret -----BEGIN GEEK CODE BLOCK----- Version: 3.1 GFA/H/L/MC/MU/SS d--- s: a39 C++ U? P L- E-- W N-- o-- K--- w--- O-- M+ V-- PS+++ PE Y+ PGP-- t-- 5++ X+ R- /R* tv+ b++++ DI-- D-- G e++ h* r y++** ------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------


Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>Duchamp (fi: Musical languistics)