[PD] Am I alone?

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 24 22:56:41 CET 2011

--- On Thu, 3/24/11, Mathieu Bouchard <matju at artengine.ca> wrote:

> From: Mathieu Bouchard <matju at artengine.ca>
> Subject: Re: [PD] Am I alone?
> To: "Jonathan Wilkes" <jancsika at yahoo.com>
> Cc: "ailo" <ailo.at at gmail.com>, pd-list at iem.at
> Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011, 10:15 PM
> On Thu, 24 Mar 2011, Jonathan Wilkes
> wrote:
> > Well, the evidence offered that university artists
> tend toward a particular conception of art is that Duchamp
> and Cage are found there, implying that where you find
> _them_ you find that conception.
> Knowing them is one thing, enjoying them is another thing,
> and venerating them is yet another thing. I named only two
> because I'm not making a master's thesis on the anthropology
> of the art world.
> > So I'd venture to guess that your feedback loop
> excludes them-- otherwise you wouldn't be essentializing
> them by using their names as broad opposition to the
> "mysterious skill".
> I don't consider the "mysterious skill" meaning of the
> "art"-word to be mine. In fact, I don't consider any use of
> the word to be mine.
> And just because the university artists give a
> disproportionate amount of attention to Duchamp/Cage/etc
> doesn't in itself mean that Duchamp/Cage/etc are excluded
> from whoever else's conception of art.

But you explicitly excluded Duchamp/Cage from the "mysterious skill" 
conception.  (Unless mentioning them was a non sequitur.)


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