Lecture 7 Garden Party Politics: The discovery of foodIt's a good thing that the 20th century is coming to an end. We are now confronted with the responsibility (the privilege) of doing to the body of work (art) in this century what we've done to the work of centuries past. That is to analyse, categorise, and use this century as a springboard to a newly defined, rejuvenated performance aesthetic. In other words, it has taken over 100 years of struggle to wring out the fruits of the19th century including many stilted, monkey-learns-to-talk acquisitions.. Now, by the look of things we may never get rid of the plethora of summer reruns and nostalgic diddling. What embarrasses me most, after inspecting the relative size on a pie chart of slices denoting how much is said and how much is done, is that it still takes a genius to point out what is real and what is only determined by the presentation of imagery (with/without substance;this is not the issue). Recognition is the resonance of cognition. To perceive is not to know. To know does not require perception. That is why a good con man can tell an easy mark. The victim gives him/her self away with an immediacy that is like lobsters struggling deeper and deeper into the net, letting off a scent that attracts sharks. Fish are primary examples of the vulnerable; a 600 member choir levitated while singing a bi- tonal synthesis of Monteverdi and Wagner, all after first partaking in a spiritual vegetarian brunch. To illustrate the point of this lecture more clearly let us first accept the premise that no one is sure that this can't be done. Then let us try to justify our position as judges of events and visionaries of evolution by examining the "demand" of artistic vision as a necessary expense of time, money and emotional support.
The most obvious perversion of performance aesthetics is the shift in priority
from the need to express and create as well as support those who also wish to, to
a combination of the belief that upper class life is the deserved goal of the performer
and that what one is doing is necessarily the best that is possible because it is the
only evocation (whether from compulsive evocation or narrow field of vision*). If
a doctor can have a Mercedes so can I. If condos on the lake are $400,000 why should
I settle for a semi-detached on the east side near the Wonder Bread factory? Vacations? Boats?
We must take a radical turn from complaints about and indictment of a creature
whose innocence is in question and reaffirm the original topic. The data is sufficient
for analyses. There exists enough historical info to see trends and cycles in the
way people communicate in the giant media performance piece called 'Like a Mankind' bop
shoo doo. Perhaps we are already living in the 21st century. Centuries are only 100
*Limitation as a form of process, whether or not intentionally defined and developed over (perhaps) a lifetime, are valid amd often more informative about the whole that by trying to grasp the whole or "using everything all the time". Looking at a detail and ignoring the full picture is valid. This approach lends itself (ultimately) to vision.
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