Rear View Mirror

Question 1: Leading up to Dada and Surrealism, what was the state of mind of citizens? The term “anti-art” often comes up in discussion as a pre-cursor to the movement. Perhaps a better question for the first question is, What defined art during this time? The pre-cursors to Dada and Surrealism were challenging arts boundaries. […]

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Spectacle and Disruption

In my discussion here on Society and the Spectacle, I will discuss the role of mass media and commodity culture. I found an interesting quote from our friends at Wikipedia about commodity and consumerism, “In a consumer society, social life is not about living, but about having; the spectacle uses the image to convey what […]

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Socio-Poetic Forms

Although there are many noteworthy quotes in McLuhan’s text, the quote that intrigues me most is: “The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.” -Marshall McLuhan With new technologies, the entire world has become much more connected. No longer is something controversial happening in a small town in Africa or […]

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Dick Higgins – Fluxus Art

I will be analyzing Dick Higgins’s work Danger Music No. 12. Higgins, along with his partner, Fluxist artist Alison Knowles, created this event score. It reads “Write a thousand symphonies.”  Many of these Danger Music pieces were actually dangerous, often too dangerous to perform at times. Here are some other examples of danger music according to wikipedia, […]

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Creative Constraints

I find the main difference between Surrealists and Oulipians to be the control of their respective experimentation processes. In the Oulipo movement, there is usually a known structure, but a mathematic (such as the N+7 Method) or concrete constraint is placed on a structured framework. Constraints often help writers or filmmakers who have writer’s block. Surrealists […]

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Exercises in Style

Base story: A man is on his last day of work at a coffee shop after working there for years. He takes the order of a usual working customer, Jay Gadsby, who was in a rush to get to work. Jay does not know it yet, but he is about to be let go from […]

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Metafiction and A Winter’s Night

Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler require true participation of the reader. The reader’s response is crucial, the author’s voice is lost. The reader is the focus and the writer is not. The reader becomes a part of the fiction as a character. Calvino (or the author) does control the novel, and he focuses on the […]

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