At my driving instructor’s office. #traffic #Kitschy #art

At my driving instructor’s office. #traffic #Kitschy #art

Last winter’s outrage. Campus posters (at Jadavpur University, Kolkata) reflecting India’s short lived feminist spring that spurred harsher rape laws. Eight months down the line one of the perpetrators of the December 16 rape and murder has been convicted by the juvenile justice board, but sentenced only to 3 years’ incarceration spurring further outrage even as another gangrape of a woman in a man’s company gained wide media attention. This time because it wasn’t the rape capital Delhi, but rather the comparatively ‘safer’ Mumbai. #poster #art #politics #protest (at Jadavpur University)

Last winter’s outrage. Campus posters (at Jadavpur University, Kolkata) reflecting India’s short lived feminist spring that spurred harsher rape laws. Eight months down the line one of the perpetrators of the December 16 rape and murder has been convicted by the juvenile justice board, but sentenced only to 3 years’ incarceration spurring further outrage even as another gangrape of a woman in a man’s company gained wide media attention. This time because it wasn’t the rape capital Delhi, but rather the comparatively ‘safer’ Mumbai. #poster #art #politics #protest (at Jadavpur University)

The pose of sprawling relaxation. I can’t tell if the tilt of the head is meant to convey challenge or say, “come hither, gaze bearer.” #Odalisque #orientalism

The pose of sprawling relaxation. I can’t tell if the tilt of the head is meant to convey challenge or say, “come hither, gaze bearer.” #Odalisque #orientalism

"Perhaps art begins with the animal, at least with the animal that carves out a territory and constructs a house (both are correlative, or even one and the same, in what is called a habitat). The territory-house system transforms a number of organic functions - sexuality, procreation, aggression, feeding. But this transformation does not explain the appearance of the territory and the house; rather it is the other way around: the territory implies the emergence of pure sensory qualities, of sensibilia that cease to be merely functional and become expressive features, making possible a transformation of functions. No doubt this expressiveness is already diffused in life, and the simple field of lilies might be said to celebrate the glory of the skies. But with the territory and the house it becomes constructive and erects ritual monuments of an animal mass that celebrates qualities before extracting new causalities and finalities from them. This emergence of pure sensory qualities is already art, not only in the treatment of external materials but in the body’s postures and colours, in the songs and cries that mark out the territory. It is an outpouring of features, colours and sounds that are inseparable insofar as they become expressive (philosophical concept of territory). Every morning the Scenopoetes dentirostris, a bird of the Australian rain forests, cuts leaves, makes them fall to the ground, and turns them over so that the paler, internal side contrasts with the earth. In this way it constructs a stage for itself like a ready-made; and directly above, on a creeper or a branch, while fluffing out the feathers beneath its beak to reveal their yellow roots, it sings a complex song made up from its own notes and, at intervals, those of other birds that it imitates: it is a complete artist."

— Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari. What is philosophy?

vintageanchor:

“Artists… reveal more about themselves than most politicians: and often know more about themselves. This is why their testimony is historically so valuable.”
— John Berger, “An Article of Faith” from Selected Essays of John Berger, edited by Geoff Dyer

vintageanchor:

“Artists… reveal more about themselves than most politicians: and often know more about themselves. This is why their testimony is historically so valuable.”

John Berger, “An Article of Faith” from Selected Essays of John Berger, edited by Geoff Dyer

(Source: vintageanchorbooks)

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  • Interviewer: Art as you define it then is a discipline of adaptation to the real as it is. It doesn't propose to change the world but accepts it as it presents itself. In the name of habit-breaking, it habituates even more firmly!
  • John Cage: I don't think so. There's a term in the problem which you've ignored: the world. The real. You say: the real, the world as it is. But it isn't, it becomes! It moves, it changes! It doesn't wait for us in order to change... It is more mobile than you imagine. You begin to approach this mobility when you say: as it presents itself. It "presents itself": signifying that it's not there, as is an object. The world, the real, this is no object. It's a process.

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Banksy Versus Bristol Museum by artofthestate on Flickr.
Agency Job. Banksy. “I believe there are cities where work is a prison and time a goad and love a burden, and this makes my freedom feel worthwhile.” Alasdair Gray, Lanark.

Banksy Versus Bristol Museum by artofthestate on Flickr.

Agency Job. Banksy.

“I believe there are cities where work is a prison and time a goad and love a burden, and this makes my freedom feel worthwhile.”

Alasdair Gray, Lanark.

"The grotesque body breaks down the boundaries between itself and the world outside it…"
—Mary Russo

"The grotesque body breaks down the boundaries between itself and the world outside it…"

—Mary Russo

"One shouldn’t take art too literally…Particularly where love is concerned."
“Not even if it’s true?”…
“It’s apt to be too true. Unadulterated, like distilled water. When truth is nothing but the truth, it’s unnatural, it’s an abstraction that resembles nothing in the real world. In nature there are always so many other irrelevant things mixed up with the essential truth. That’s why art moves you—precisely because it is unadulterated with all the irrelevancies of real life."

— Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point