Reading: David Joselit in Dismagazine, full interview here.
“DAT: In your essay “Material Witness,” as one strategy to increase the legibility of these extensions, you cite Eyal Weizmann and Anselm Franke’s interest in Quintilian’s concept of “the mediated speech of inanimate objects.” Is this concept a critique of Bruno Latour’s “Parliament of Things,” or New Materialism and Post-humanism, in support of Vibrant Matter, Biopolitics, and Speculative Realism?
DJ: Well, these theories are complex, quite diverse and often contradictory in their positions. What I think they do share, however, is an effort to understand the agency of objects (politically, socially, materially), and a commitment to de-centering the importance of human perception in conceiving of the world. One of the important things I take away from this is thaMORE
‘When I got to the marketplace, I found men unloading meat for the butcher shops, their arms laden with sides of red and purple beasts glistening with blood, as tall and proud as dead princesses. … They were lined up along the porcelain-white walls like scarlet sculptures carved from the most diverse and delicate material. They had the watery, iridescent shimmer of silk and the murky limpidity of gelatine.’
HERE is a link to the White Review’s article discussing the book.MORE
““Provided we can escape from the museums we carry around inside us, provided we can stop selling ourselves tickets to the galleries in our own skulls, we can begin to contemplate an art which re-creates the goal of the sorcerer: changing the structure of reality by the manipulation of living symbols … Art tells gorgeous lies that come true.”
― Hakim Bey, TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone
“The images that constitute our memory tend incessantly to rigidify into spectres in the course of their (collective and individual0 historical transmission. Hence, the task is to bring them back to life. Images are alive, but, because they are made of time and memory, their life is always-already Nachleben (posthumous life or afterlife); it is always-already threatened and in the process of taking on a spectral form. To free images from theiMORE