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Re: <nettime> The Next Idea of the Artist - essay
Rana Dasgupta on Wed, 24 Sep 2008 12:21:28 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> The Next Idea of the Artist - essay


I don't know what "tiresome European filling in the blanks" is.

When Gauguin was painting Pacific island women in a state of
primordial abandon, he was also part of the French imperial machine
that was destroying that possibility of life.

When, after the second world war, American law finally eradicated all
"outside" - and penetrated every area of social life - mafia movies
waxed romantic over the wild heroics of a dead ethos, and so became
canonical American cinema.

I see such necrophiliac fantasy as an important current in modernity,
European and American. The beauty and grandeur of everything one has
destroyed returning as culture.

But it's not based on any fact.

R






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