WILLIAM GASS -ADAM CURTIS- Dec. 23, 2016 by Mussmann
December 23rd, 2016
William Gass writes about the avant-garde in one of his essays in a book called FINDING A FORM. In this essay he speaks of the avant-garde’s ability to stay alive.
I think about this again and again—how does one remain on the edge—is there a way?
According to Gass this is tricky business—but one thing that he says is the most avant-garde thing to do is to say “NO”.
So on that note I will leave you today with an important artist to look at ADAM CURTIS and his new work called HYPER-NORMALISATION it is on the internet (2+hours long).
Curtis talks about what happened to artists like Jane Fonda, Pattie Smith –post Vietnam era and more—he shows via BBC clips —the deals made (characters like Reagan, Trump, Kissinger, al- Asad, banks/financial institutions etc to illustrate how democracy has been de-fanged and is virtually toothless– we have now arrived in the land of Trump and we have to figure out how to swim in these new waters of deregulation and the cash-king culture of our new century–where we have no consciousness of other—the selfie supreme land of la de da is on the rise.
I’ll have an order of chicken nuggets and a bag of cheetos please…
and don’t forget a diet coke—or shall I have a craft beer and kale salad?