a wholly incomplete fishbone through which art must pass on its way to becoming social practice

Posted in Uncategorized by dilettanteventures on 12/31/2015


Gregory Sholette – Curator’s Disease – Edward Tiryakian – Existential Phenomenology

Posted in Uncategorized by dilettanteventures on 04/02/2012

On one level, I love Sholette’s book Dark Matter, but at a much deeper level I find it infuriating. While it does hint at a profound re-evaluation of art/politics and at shedding light on “dark matter” it ultimately treats dark matter with curator’s disease…that is it serves as a vague intellectual theme used to illustrate a preordained vision- in this case the rather conventional celebration of the heroic artistic avant garde – rather than as a radical foil to academic triumphalism. Stephen Wright and Alexander Koch are doing much less conventional work addressing so called “dark matter.” Having said that, I’m still thankful the book exists and talks intelligently about some great folks.

Coincidentally, while revisiting Sholette, I discovered this quote from Edward Tiryakian describing existential phenomenology in Stanford Lyman’s A Sociology of the Absurd (1970):

“…[it] seeks to elucidate the existential nature of social structures by uncovering the surface institutional phenomena of the everyday, accepted world; by probing the subterranean, non-institutional social depths concealed from public gaze, by interpreting the dialectic between the institutional and non-institutional.”

Child Development – Marc Briod – Phenomenology

Posted in Uncategorized by dilettanteventures on 01/18/2009

“[children develop] in an open, creative venture of living toward the future…Moreover, it would be described as a life of creative openness, not self-made, but creative in the exact degree to which it is open to the newness and freshness of experience, and to its own life as a continual return to the sedimented layers of existing, intentionalities, meanings and projects.” – Marc Briod, “A Phenomenological Approach to Child Development”

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