Aesthetic Resistance and Dis-interest
That Which Will Not Allow Itself to Be Said
The collusion of galleries, collectors and curators, following the model of studio film and network TV, has equated popularity with quality. The problem then is to recuperate something of the lost radical conscience of art and culture.Art is a recreation of our own psychic formation (mimesis) as well as being shaped by its ‘otherness’ and by history. All stories are crime stories, all stories are about exile, and all stories are about homesickness. And all art contains a narrative. Radical and working class voices are vetted and erased, and replaced with corporate friendly kitsch. The colonizing of consciousness has rendered the imagination of the west atrophied and almost inert. To retain something of that utopian promise that is foundational in culture is increasingly difficult. The world is being dis-enchanted. The Utopian promise is not being kept.