Sunday, March 7, 2010

Fin- The Radicant

Bourriaud addresses a few major concepts that is debated in international politics. Globalization and Americanization and the role of the artist under this political/social structure has transformed the art world. Well, at least all cultures that subscribed to or have shared the western development (industrialism to informationalism).

He argues theoretically those that partake and are the audience of the art community shape the culture.
He references a quote from Duchamp ' It is the viewer who makes the painting"

This is true in the art world relies heavily on its viewers for interpretation and commentary. Gallery openings, museums, and the elitism of the art world have shaped what art culture is today. Not to say that all art fits under one umbrella but several with different cultures, subcultures, identities, and economic statuses.

But prescribing to western mainstream art criticism would art be significantly different without the audience it has today or from what it has had historically. Would it become less important, would it become insignificant form of the human expression just as newspapers and libraries are becoming less and less important? Would humans absorb a life of the media and technology? Is technology the new cultural hobby?

Media and technology as a medium has placed a divide between the fine art and new medium. Media and technology have created a new form of interpretation that requires a new name and era to categorize its significance.

Bourriaud last section of The Radicant and James Danky meet. Danky wanted to preserve and to ensure that the expression of the subculture art had a place under the social norms of society. Bourriaud suggest after the fall of the Berlin wall that their has been economic standardization globally which has allowed the whole world to meet. Art has modeled itself to conform under this standardization and I would go so far to suggest that this standardization will move art away from the elitism and there will be a cultural norm of interpretation and viewership.

James Danky and comix

So James Danky,
To be honest I was not entirely impressed by his presentation and I was hoping to see more comics then what he showed. But taking away from the presentation James Danky is what the world of library Science would call a radical.
He has most notably collected the zines from underground subcultures while working with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

In his lecture last week, Danky discussed the role of the underground comic book and how it has transformed the economic mainstream of comics books. If it wasn't for the underground would Marvel or DC comics make blockbuster hits from there most famous heroes?

I've never been a big fan of comic books but I will say that artist like Guy Delisle who use art to make a political commentary on the countries he explores using the graphic art as his medium is both artistically pleasing ,entertaining and politically informative.