Economies of Expectation

A product of my generation, unwilling to limit my intake, I have become an admitted media junky. After spending some quality time with Jan Verwoert’s  “Exhaustion and Exuberance: Ways to Defy the Pressure to Perform” this past weekend I stared thinking a lot about creative consumption, purpose, audience, practice, abstract thought, and the ways in which it relates to not only the production of art work but also in the manifestation of Musem Exhibitions.The process of developing an idea into a visually latent product is quite interesting.

“The capacity of abstract thought and work to invoke ideas in the most concise way is intrinsically linked to the impossibility of its exhaustive verification through positive facts. Whereby abstract thought and work insists on the latency of meaning not because it won’t disclose its immediate meaning (i.e. out of a coquettish flirtation with opacity) but because it can’t. If it could, it would lose its capacity to address the potential reality of all that is presently not given in actuality (i.e. all the possibilities that lie beyond those already actualized within the dominant mode of thinking and acting.)”

My thinking process usually involves an initial google search followed by an exhastive, and often simotaneously productive/unproductive, YouTube search which  led me to the above clip. In many ways the reading fit quite well with the film, by Dan Graham, which I had seen at the Henry Art Gallery a few months ago in conjunction with the Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibition. As an undergrad I studied film production and religious studies and have seen it many times, most reciently at the Whitney this summer and then again at the Henry.

Rock My Religion, 1982, explores the relationships between Religion and the development of Rock and Roll – and in so doing exposes the role of cultural consumption in teenage rebellion. Its rife with collusion and epic show footage. The clip above is only a preview of the film, you can watch it in all its awesomeness on UBU.

They relate, I promise. My brain is just melting right now.


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