Tuesday, November 10, 2009

multitudes and common wealth or common weal

Jeremy Abernathy presents a mutual-aid challenge worthy of Pyotr Kropotkin at burnaway.org:

Speaking of Kropotkin, Rebecca Solnit's new book A Paradise Built in Hell has been getting considerably thoughtful reviews, especially the one in the New York Review of Books November 5 issue. Sorry, Bill McKibbin's review is only available online to paying electronic subscribers, which even us print-subscriber-types are not:


Jeremy Abernathy said...

I'm excited to hear my actions get a response, though I hope they aren't misunderstood as antagonistic. Just call it a very early experiment in charisma exerted over long distances.

I thought the talk was excellent, btw, and would be interested to hear more thoughts from the audience. I heard that several purists thought Paglen's work wasn't "an art sort of thing" and that, while interesting, it wasn't appropriate for an Art Papers event. I wonder if they had the same opposition to the lecture by Walid Raad? His work also blurred the lines between art and journalism.

littlejoke said...

He did talk more about his art at the lunchtime meeting with artists. He also said he gets flak from artists for not being a real artist (though his documentary photos are quite well selected, I thought, and in the tradition of documentary photography), and from geographers for not being a real geographer, and from other academic discipines for not being a real member of whatever discipline it is we are talking about.

It might have useful for him to have talked about the art of displaying one's research data as artworks in a gallery with price tags attached to the objects. he pays about half of his expenses from gallery sales and half from lectures and teaching courses at Berkeley.

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