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. […]Read more "Rear View Mirror"
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 […]Read more "Spectacle and Disruption"
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 […]Read more "Socio-Poetic Forms"
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, […]Read more "Dick Higgins – Fluxus Art"
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 […]Read more "Creative Constraints"
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 […]Read more "Exercises in Style"
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 […]Read more "Metafiction and A Winter’s Night"