Saturday, December 14, 2013

Duel Movie Locations (2010) by Werner Naessens, another project after my own heart

Study for Sierra Highway, 2014
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
"Sympathy begets sympathy, to the benefit of things that don't deserve to be sympathized with. The ascendent forms of cultural power depend on the esteem of others, on the traffic driven by Facebook, on the nihilistic embrace of being liked and shared."

This is an important essay, full of insights, of which these paragraphs are perhaps the best:

"In this, as in so many other parts of contemporary politics, members of the self-identified center are in some important sense unable to accept opposition. Through smarm, they have cut themselves off from the language of actual dispute. An entire political agenda—privatization of government services, aggressive policing, charter schooling, cuts in Social Security—has been packaged as apolitical, a reasonable consensus about necessity. Those who oppose the agenda are 'interest groups,' whose selfish greed makes them unable to see reason, or 'ideologues.' Those who promote it are disinterested and nonideological. There is no reason for the latter to even engage the former. In smarm is power."


"The idea of success, or of successfulness, hangs over the whole subject of smarm. It is not true, after all, that the crisis of postmodernity has left us without any functioning system of shared values. What currently fills the space left by the waning or absence of traditional authority, for the most part, is the ideology and logic of the market.

Market reasoning is deeply, essentially smarmy. We live, it insists, in a world that is optimized by the invisible hand. The conditions under which we live have been created by rational needs and preferences, producing an economicist Panglossianism: What thrives deserves to thrive, be it Nike or sprawl or the finance industry or Upworthy; what fails deserves to have failed. Immense fortunes have bloomed in Silicon Valley on the most ephemeral and stupid windborne seeds of concepts. What's wrong with you, that you didn't get a piece of it?

We all live our lives, we're told, on these terms. If people really wanted a better world—what you might foolishly regard as a better world—they would have it already. So what if you signed up to use Facebook as a social network, and Facebook changed the terms of service to reverse your privacy settings and mine your data? So what if you would rather see poor people housed than billionaires' investment apartments blotting out the sun? Some people have gone ahead and made the reality they wanted."
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Muntadas: like every terrible cliche of conceptual art c.1970 crawled up onto the VAG's 3rd floor & died. A terminally dumb & preachy show.
Monday, December 09, 2013

The rest of the gang have quietly followed him from the auditorium. Linus approaches the tree and gently props the drooping branch back to its upright position, wrapping his security blanket around it.
It's 2 o'clock in the morning and I don't know nobody.

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