Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dada to Prada- Explained...

Almost done reading "Le Tumulte Noir" by Jody Blake. The basic premise is that Modernism was born out of mother country white male artist's reaction to learning of and appropriating the language and vocabularies of exploited colonial people, esp West African..this fascination with "l'ame negre" and le mentalite primitiv" would permeate pop culture thruout the twentieth century, and be the logic behind the "black superstar icon starting with Josephine Baker going on up to Eddie Murphy, Michael Jackson, Jordan, Basquiat and so on.

2010 finds the Modernist narrative having lost it's teeth. We exist well into the so called "Post-Modern" era. Colonialism is long since dismantled, universal conscription (white males HAVING to fight in wars against their choosing ) is gone, gay rights, minority rights, women's rights, labor rights are the norm in Bourgeois's would be revolutionary confronts a "bohemia" like Williamsburg, Brooklyn as a condo and boutique filled playground for dull and bored refugees from sub-urbia and Middle America..being black aint no big thing, Hip-Hop is a multi-million dollar given, rather than a scandalous refuge..and yet people COMPLAIN about how NICE life is be cont'd

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Reading "Das Kapital"

Reading "Das Kapital" for the first time, applying it to the art project.
Commodity: A commodity is an object produced by man, brought into being by labour power of some sort or other and satistying a human need or want. Art is like that as it satisfies the needs of fancy if not the stomach per se. An object also presented in the social product of "the market". The commodity isn't a given. Neither is the market, but both are social products.

Use value/Exchange value: The object of art must be something that "fits" into the market lest it be something destined for collapse into it's base such it is a matter of time before it winds up in the dumpster or cannibalised and recycled in the project of another "artist".

Money: Money is the third relation between the object, and the people involved in it's evaluation. It is the method of exchange which mediates it's "value".