OT: Duchamp (fi: Musical languistics)
|From:||Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>|
|Date:||Friday, June 6, 2003, 10:38|
--- Hanuman Czhang skrzypszy:
> IMHO you are forgetting the great _French_ Dada Marcel Duchamp and his
> _objets trouves_, i.e. the urinal signed "R. Mutt."
Oh, I am a great admirer of Duchamp's work. Don't forget one thing: when
Duchamp did his urinoir thing, he explicitly stated that it was not art what he
was doing; instead, he meant to relativise art.
But what happens next? Trainloads of younger artists started doing the same
kind of thing, claiming that it was high art and thus hiding their own artistic
impotence behind a cover the Duchamp (unwillingly?) had provided them.
And what is worse: these people became the new cultural establishment, gaining
positions that gave them the authority to decide which art is good and which is
> 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."
Yes. That's the same as German "Verfremdung" (Dutch "vervreemding"). See B.
"Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones
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