Authority is relevant here because the art world does not deal in widgets. What it values is fundamentally symbolic, interpretable. Hence the ability to evaluate—the power to deem certain things and ideas significant and critical—is precious. ... In a much expanded art world this language had a job to do: consecrate certain artworks as significant, critical, and, indeed, contemporary.
Maybe in the meantime we should enjoy this decadent period of IAE. We should read e-flux press releases not for their content, not for their technical proficiency in IAE, but for their lyricism, as we believe many people have already begun to do.
Here we arrive not only at a point where there is no agreement whatsoever between us, but also at the second reason why this theory has left the wider critical establishment of this country in such virginal condition… For where that establishment had not been largely ignorant of the work of Barthes or Derrida or Lacan, it has misconceived or misconstrued it.....
The paraliterary space is the space of debate, quotation, partisanship, betrayal, reconciliation: but it is not the space of unity, coherence, or resolution that we think of as constituting a worn of literature. For both Barths and Derrida have a deep enmity towards that notion of a literary work. What is left is a drama without the Play, voices without the Author, criticism without the Argument. It is no wonder that this country's critical establishment- outside the university, that is- remains unaffected by this work, simply cannot use it. Because the paraliterary cannot be a model for the systematic unpacking of the meanings of a work of art that criticism's task is thought to be.
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