“Astonish the world all at once”
I cannot believe I had never heard of Josiah Wedgewood until this weekend. The man was, quite simply, a visionary. He did so much to radically change advertising and culture, it’s almost impossible to believe that I’ve never come across him in any other class.
“Tradition is the perception that things do not change”
My TA said this in class today. Interesting to think about.
I read The stupidest thing on Soccernet today. There was an article about women as coaches of football teams, and the comments were absolutely despicable. I’m no feminist, but I couldn’t read past the first 10 or so comments–it was just too disgusting.
What the eff does being a woman have to do with being a coach? What does having a penis have to do with your ability to play football or manage a team? The only thing that I think a coach needs to have is experience. You need to play the game to lecture others about it or manage them as a successful coach–that’s my opinion at least. But it disgusts me to think that in the 21st century, people could be so stupid as to think that women couldn’t coach premier league teams because they are women. If they’ve played the game at a professional level and have the experience,have worked for it, and demonstrated their skills, who the hell are you to tell them they don’t deserve it?
Art in Theory, 1900-1990; An Anthology of Changing Ideas
The savage was the first to found the principle of naturalism: fashioning his drawings out of a dot and five little sticks, he tried to recreate his own image.
This first attempt laid the basis for conscious imitation of the forms of nature.
From this arose the aim of approaching the face of nature as closely as possible.
Collective art, or the art of copying, had its origin in the tracing of the savage’s first primitive image.
Collective, because the real man with his subtle range of feelings, psychology, and anatomy had not yet been discovered.
The savage saw neither his external image, nor his inner condition.
And as his consciousness developed, so the scheme by which he depicted nature grew more complicated.
The further his consciousness embraced nature, the more complicated his work became and the more his knowledge and ability increased.
Therefore his primitive pictures cannot be considered as creative work.
Malevich section, p. 167
The transferring of real objects onto canvas is the art of skillful reproduction and only that.
And between the art of creating and the art of copying there is a great difference.
Malevich section, p. 168
Think left and think right
and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up
if only you try!
Dr Seuss, Oh the Thinks You Can Think
Was conceptual art a response to technology overtaking society? Would it have ever come about if technology hadn’t advanced as much as it did?
Was art the one place where humans could not be replaced? Clinging to the conceptual to cling to the human, assert the importance of human cognition, unique to us and that cannot be ‘created’, that which is original, organic
Something that the computer cannot mimic, specific to both humans as a whole and to the individual, striving to personalize, customize, own something.
This was a crazy weekend! I forgot to post an update/recap of my Happy Show experience. Thinking back on it now, I don’t really know what to say…I should have posted when it was still fresh in my mind.
If I go back, I’ll make sure to take more photos and detailed notes.