“Yes, Marcos is gay. Marcos is gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, an Asian in Europe, a Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel, a Mayan Indian in the streets of San Cristobal, a Jew in Germany, a Gypsy in Poland, a Mohawk in Quebec, a pacifist in Bosnia, a single woman on the Metro at 10pm, a peasant without land, a gang member in the slums, an unemployed worker, an unhappy student and, of course, a Zapatista in the mountains.
Marcos is all the exploited, marginalised, oppressed minorities resisting and saying `Enough’. He is every minority who is now beginning to speak and every majority that must shut up and listen. He is every untolerated group searching for a way to speak. Everything that makes power and the good consciences of those in power uncomfortable — this is Marcos.”
- Subcomandante Marcos
"One of the things about studying these great figures has been, how much circumstance dictated what happened to them. The civil rights movement was happening anyway but Malcolm X was a significant emblem of that. The cuban revolution probably would’ve happened without Che Guevara… it certainly needed a figure with that drive. The same with Indian independence; whistle Gandhi was hugely significant, I think that people are a product of time. Time is not a product of people. We are a vessel for greatness but we are not greatness itself."
I’ve made my decision, my life is wasted
And the high frequency noise of a brains cell dying just pierced as I took a sip
I was a 9 at 19 and I’m an 8 4 years later
With this math I’ll be dead or deformed by 40
I still believe in ideology, in morals and ethics, I just don’t follow mine anymore
Coca-Cola cures hangovers and Gordon’s tastes good with Redbull
I don’t even feel remorse anymore, I’ve stopped shoplifting and started buying instead
My liver is a leftover of ‘no one wants’ so why did I ever listen to the parrots preaching about the starving kids in Africa
When you’ve made the decision it’s easy
There’s no posture or attitude you have to wear with style
Just through on your tracksuit comments, your beer stained beliefs
And head to the pub for lunch to watch football reruns
Every suburb got a soul mate for you passed out in the garden
And every disbelief has a point if you just look around
I didn’t really make the choice kind of happened
Success is relative and failure implies trying
Just because you’re in a rut and change is doable it doesn’t have to be done
The sound of lighter opening cap is instant, an approval isn’t
It took me time to give up and pour beer on my fire rather than spirit but I managed, I made it and impotents is soon a fact
I’ve made my decision, my life is wasted
No need for condoms or clinics, herpes from a homeless is a gift from here on
My only gift back will maybe be a bastard in an orphanage, if my sperm has the will I’ve left behind
It’ll have potential but paternal baggage, Blend and booze will run though its blood
The poor thing is fucked but might maybe say fuck it
And rebel against coy Converse rebellion
Fight for something else than the right to party
And waste its life to that decision
- Spike Raquette
- “Because even if you remain stationary your mind wanders and it’s that kind of activity that I’d like to get into the photograph – A confirmation of the fact that everything is moving” Robert Rauschenberg
- Recently I took to try and understand why I like the art I do. This resulted in a 500 word long blabber concerning Marina Abramovic’s (and Ulay’s) ‘The Lovers’. Every sentence seemed to be a leap. Conclusions were taken as opposed to made, and in the end, nothing of any value was found. The essay was set up academically. I had an ideal outcome. The spacing, font and margins were on point and with that (I can now see) I had fallen at the first hurdle. Along with the regimented layout and my regimented ideas, what did I expect but regimented and unfulfilling answers? To know why is a pointless attribute. To know why corrupts reason and to search for reason is to suppress possibility. Explore. Explore. Explore. No reason. JUST EXPLORE. DOWN WITH BIG BUS TOURS!!!!
- “Treat people as an end, and never as a means to an end.” - Immanuel Kant
- Yesterday, on the way to work a guy in a suit told a homeless man to move to a different street. To move as if he were a transit parked on double yellow lines? I should have said something. Thoughts of what I should have said have been running through my mind since. None of which were particularly intelligent or eloquent. The only thing that could be said for them was that they were all fueled by anger, which I now see as an innate objection. There was no need for intellectual reason. Innately, it angered me to see that. Really pissed me the fuck off. The homeless man, after all the indignity, pain and loveless encounters he had endured didn’t protest but rather understood the suits spoutings as justifiable orders. That was perhaps the most upsetting to me. Essentially, both these people were people. Just human beings… but by the grace of one having luck and ‘good’ parents on his side was allowed to tell another to move. I don’t know. Lables, titles, suits and rags….unfortunately they’re apparently important.
- “I’m concerned with the formal and aesthetic qualities to the point where I try to set up situations where I can’t make any aesthetic decisions about it and that’s very hard. I realise that as you go on you get better and better at making things look good, and you have to set up stumbling blocks so that you can escape your own good taste.” John Baldessari
Thomas Hirschhorn - Candelabra With Heads - Currently at the Tate Modern
- “Originally part of an exhibition called ‘Concretions’, a term from geology and medicine that suggests the gradual growth of a solid mass”
- “Hirschhorn related this theme to a broader social and spiritual petrification”
- Growing figures with parcel tape.
- Tree structure.
- Trees being things that blossom - This on the other hand has a sense of entrapment/suppression. The figures being further struck to whence they came.
- Though the structure resembles, it remains (in the style it has been made) very man made. Un-eloquently and hastily.
- The juxtaposition of the wooden sculpture and the tape are visually balanced suggesting co-dependency, albeit a forced one. The idea that both parts are integral to the strength of the sculpture.
- Only part of the faces are showing. Lack of identity.
- What is the mentality of the maker? Is this disfigurement of the figures a failure or a success? Is the end result a mistake or is it the intended outcome?
Joseph Beuys - Installation currently at the Tate Modern
- Recreation and Imitation
- Energy (Human and Nature)
- Man made
- Omniscient mad man
- Black, white and grey. Contrasting colours showing the artist himself in the middle. White being the one colour that is made of all other colours.
- Series of attempts (Varying in ‘success’ and scale) The sense that some of the experiments are failures.
- That the piece isn’t so much a curated space but merely a workspace.
- Exploration and Representation
- “He saw creativity as central to human existence, and his art was rooted in processes of change and transformation”
- “His sculptures were often based on found objects which he invested with symbolic associations”
- “The installation addresses themes of finality and death, but also regeneration through the transformative power of natural energies”
- (Also) the transformative power of prescribed energies (from the maker)
Seen at the Saatchi Gallery.
- Gender Roles
- High Contrast
- Interesting Postures (especially with the hands)
- It is hard (if impossible) to preempt the story line of an artist’s practise. But what if it was made clear that an artists maxim was that all is one and one is all. Such narratives could then be regarded both forwards and backwards.
- I’m not especially travelled on the subject but my interpretation of the ‘artist practice’ is that, essentially, all must hold a polar opposite opinion to another. I want to make work and lead a practice which is all to one and one to all. Intellectually speaking, this state of pure neutrality is an impossibility. There will always be a south opinion to a north but if given these sets of rules…..the only way to show/present/shout the importance of a flowing mentality is to either do nothing or do everything. I choose the latter.
- “STEVO’S A CUNT!” —— Siddle (the cunt I’m currently living with)
- “I’m not interested in using painting to defend itself, make statements or draw conclusions, but to open spaces for reflective thought, where a multiplicity of positions can be recognised, particularly as a means of resisting the imposition of a fixed narrative.” —— Helen Johnson
- I have a position. It’s my own position. It’s just that that position is one of whole and all. I serve myself by serving all. How beautiful it is that the grace of selflessness is so selfish.
Kader Attia - Continuum of Repair
Seen at the Whitechapel Gallery
- Biblical Story
- Progression and regression
- Old and New (Grand and cold)
- Beautifully balanced visually.
- The concept of repair - “The installation is the latest chapter in Kaders research into the concept of repair which he sees as an underlying principle of development and evolution in both culture and nature” (From gallery Leaflet)
- “The biggest illusion of the human mind is probably the one on which he has built himself. The idea that he invents something, when all he does is repair.” Kader Attia
- Defined outlines and infinity.
- The ‘infinity ladder’ being seen by the artist as a symbol of modernity. That the connected world has this ability of limitless infinity.
- Fucking great! Go see it
"Half the reason we called ourselves Radiohead is because we see a lot of people who just receives information and theres a huge gap in-between this receiving information and partaking in the creative process and being a creative person. Ive always thought that the two should just flow into each other." - Thom Yorke ———— Source