Posts Tagged ‘ Spectacle ’

Rape Culture: Extreme Pornography / Extreme Sexuality (Part 3.1)

Extreme Sexuality 1

The Liberation Principle

“The Matrix is surely the kind of film about the matrix that the matrix would have been able to produce” (Baudrillard, 2004)

As free-market globalisation and the artificial instruments of technology have intersected with the formerly established sex categories of male and female; and as discourse was liberated from its containment within these essentialist categories, an identity continuum was born right across the sex/gender spectrum. An identity continuum that liberated sex from its biological and social poles, opening it up as a market of unlimited, polymorphic potential.[1]

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Houellebecq – The Map and the Territory (Part 2)

The Shamanic Cryptograph

Some Problems in the Aesthetics of Immersion (Part 1)

From the spectacular to the Experiential

  1. Spectacular art – that is, art where there is an object and a viewer – is losing a certain efficacy and function. Even installation art has the deadened quality of 2-dimensional art, artistic efficacy now shifting from the spectacular to the experiential or immersive. Pollock worked from ‘the floor’ Continue reading

Some Thoughts on K-Punk @ Virtual Futures 2011

“We believed that the cybernetic approach to consciousness – whipped up frothy – would carry us to a plateau overlooking a pleasant mirror, but instead left us blathering in a dressed up solitude of manikin planets, twirling in a blank and unfriendly spaciousness.” (Steven Jesse Bernstein: The Sport Pt.1 – Prison)

During 2011’s Virtual Futures conference at Warwick University, Mark Fisher (K-Punk) presented some reservations about the internet and mobile technologies, emphasizing their depersonalising, commodifying and anxiety producing aspects and making the claim that we got on OK prior to their appearance (See Here for Talk). The following is a catalogue of thoughts and observations that occurred in response to that talk. Continue reading

Murdoch: Void Art

  1. In an episode of Channel 4’s 10 o’Clock Live,Charlie Brooker made reference to the scandal surrounding ‘sexist’ remarks made by Sky Sport’s presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys. Brooker held up a Sun newspaper and presented the front page:

    Sun
    (Article calling for the removal of both presenters
    Pic: Sian Massey, lineswoman target of remarks)

    This page Brooker referred to, half in earnest and half in jest, Continue reading

The Erasure of Sex from Transgressive Eroticism

“Sex is just an iota removed from a wank” – Richey Edwards

In the present, given the free-for-all nature of sex – sex post-sexual liberation, sex beyond shame and the facade of ‘social decency’ – the sexual act has collapsed into a sort of meaningless transparent. In a present everywhere Continue reading

Existential, Relational and Spectacular Space

In a previous article on Conflict Narratives, we saw two areas of social exchange – the relational or experiential space (made up of direct involvement with events and other people) and the spectacular or universal space (made up of cultural and creative projections onto TV screens, into books, magazines etc. Essentially Spectacular Space is made up of shared, communal media).

It is the quality of direct, relational experience Continue reading