Duchamp and the Secret of the Object
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-16-11
Our last post included the following quote from the cultural critic Jean Baudrillard: "The obscenity of the commodity stems from the fact that it is abstract, formal, light in opposition to the weight, opacity and substance of the object. The commodity is readable: in opposition to the object, wh ...more

Secret, Object, Ecstasy
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-15-11
"Marx set forth and denounced the obscenity of the commodity, and this obscenity was linked to its equivalence, to the abject principle of free circulation, beyond all use value of the object. The obscenity of the commodity stems from the fact that it is abstract, formal, light in opposition to th ...more

Even the Exquisite Corpse Festival wonders...
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-14-11
...what "exquisite corpse taxidermy" means and why they have it. (Exquisite Corpse is a well-known Surrealist game in which one player draws on a piece of paper, folds over their drawing, and passes the paper to the next player, who repeats). The meaning of exquisite corpse music can be extrapolated ...more

Duchamp and the Infrathin
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-13-11
"In the wake of modernity we once again find ourselves in the abyss of the infra-thin, a concept that permeates Marcel Duchamp’s entire oeuvre, a shorthand label for his life-long desire to overcome the distance between Signifier and signified, thing and meaning, love and knowledge, inn ...more

The Looting Imperative
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-12-11
"Looting is a natural response to the unnatural and inhuman society of commodity abundance. It instantly undermines the commodity as such, and it also exposes what the commodity ultimately implies: the army, the police and the other specialized detachments of the state’s monopoly of armed ...more

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