When at the opening for an Art Exhibition a visitor knocks into an art work; this piece made of wood... not special in any aspect of material only through being imbued in value as a result of the process, status and person of this Artist -
-A dumb surprise of this visitor
-A frantic "White gloved" effort by two or three members of gallery staff
-The words and approach towards the dangling swaying object by the Artist
"I wouldn’t worry too much about that, it is going to move"
This reaction by the institution, although over the top, is completely necessary as this object has been assigned an immensity of value, beyond the wildest imaginings of the materials which constitute its being.
For this is a high art gallery and all objects of art here exist as a construction of value rather than their constituent parts.
The people who have manifested these objects are the assigned high priests of materialism.
Through this context a conversion of value has taken place.
What has happened?
The physical has been impregnated and saturated with thought, with idea, with narrative, with placement and belonging to then become the exulted?
It is beyond simple for the sudden return of this material back to the mundane and normal, so effort must be rigorous and immediate if there is risk of this return.
This entire context requires a massive expenditure of energy to maintain this illusory and privileged status.
Is this authentic?
The Artist may act with a freedom and relaxedness that is not allowed or appropriate for any other person/s present.
Any act of the artist will continue to assign the art ‘stamp’ of exulted value.
Any act towards the piece by another person pollutes this and so devalues the exalted (unless this act has been invited by the artist).
Is the object dead?
Is the object alive?
With wealth anything can be possible?
The vision and genius of another person can be attained and owned so long as an object can change hands?
what do I believe?
what do you believe?
Is this truly possible?
This is perhaps not about right/wrong/true/false
...if this can actually happen in the manner that such effort is made towards its happening.
Should this situation be a deception then, the maintenance of this deception is integral, as otherwise the flow will terminate and the entirety of this illusory construct will collapse.
This cannot be allowed to happen!
The wondrous ease by which this cake is made feeding so many very hungry mouths.
Those who are starving are more often the subjects than the players in this materialist transformation game?
I truly appreciate the chance to experience ideas and artworks in the context of quiet and peace.
I am miraculously fortunate that I have a family base in the Engadin from where I can easily travel to view the smaller versions of galleries such as Hauser and Wirth and Galerie Karsten Greve within St Moritz.
Yesterday I could experience Alexander Calder's propositions in solace at Hauser and Wirth, with a knowledgable expert on hand, and then to view an exhibition of small works by Joel Shapiro at Galerie Karsten Greve, the Vernissage of which I’ll get to tomorrow evening, even the artist will be present!
6th December 2019
AI - Robots - Puppetry
The suspension of disbelief is convincing and we are easily misled.
That the appearance and sensation of presence in a thing has us react as if this is a thing quite different.
A fragmented, reductive, (scientific, solely analytical) perspective of us in the world also contributes to the belief that these “humans” we create are anything other than their material and mechanical process.
What am I?
What are you?
What do you know?
What are you feeling?
What is in front of you?
Is it a screen?
What is a screen?
A camera takes this two ways as does a microphone
The room you sit in is hot/is cold as you feel this.
Where does the cold you feel and the cold of the room end?
What is this boundary?
Reaction within place/space
Where do you stop?
Where do you start?
Can you exist outside of anything else?
A series of questions reflecting on reductionism
Will the “intelligence” we believe we can create be more aware of the us which we do not even know?
Is this related?
Where do I start and stop experientially?
Is the requirement towards the mechanical
The dragonfly wing is a football field. Larger
Perhaps every speck is a universe.
Our perception is scaled for us and gifts no true total omni perspective
This feels to me outside of our remit