Saturday, January 14, 2006

ahhh... nostalgia

A friend of mine has me revisiting a book by Dave Hickey. I thought I would share a portion now and maybe revisit it a time or two over the next couple of weeks.

"...Today we do blood, money, and sex - race, class, and gender. We don't do communities of desire (people united in loving something as we loved jazz). We do statistical demographics, age groups, and target audiences. We do ritual celebrations of white family values, unctuous celebrations of marginal cultural identity, multiethnic kick-boxer movies, and yuppie sit-coms. ...we don't even do ordinary eccentricity anymore. In an increasingly diffuse and customized post-industrial world, we cling to the last vestige of industrial thinking: the presumption of mass-produced identity and ready-made experience - a preseumption that makes the expression, appreciation, or even the perception of our everyday distinctions next to impossible."

From Air Guitar, by Dave Hickey

So..., anyone want to open an art bar?

3 Responses to “ahhh... nostalgia”

gben said...
January 15, 2006 at 5:33 AM

viva dave hickey.

JFKobra said...
January 15, 2006 at 6:58 PM

Dave Hickey always struck me as a guy who spoke plainly as opposed to other art historians who hide behind a formalist firewall. Stuff that DH says easy translates to the real world

gben said...
January 16, 2006 at 11:56 AM

is there a way in the blog to automatically change the word formalis/ism to hamburger?

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