Monday, 29 December 2014

# 244

... since everyone else is doing a review of the year's events, here are the four most popular posts of my blog in 2014:

# 203 
"I don't see anything wrong with being alone. It feels great to me." --- Andy Warhol

# 205 
Today would have been Andy's birthday... in his memory, here is one of my favourite quotes:
"Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, 'So what.' That's one of my favourite things to say. 'So what.'My mother didn't love me.' So what. 'My husband won't ball me.' So what.'I'm a success but I'm still alone.' So what.I don't know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do, you never forget." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

# 222 (I think I know my soup) 
 ... found this gem in Warhol's diaries, today, dating back exactly 34 years ...
Saturday, November 15, 1980 - Cologne - ParisWe were going to a monastery and we had to be there at 12:00 because if we got there one minute after 12:00 we wouldn't be allowed in. Herman drove really fast in this pouring rain. After we got there we weren't allowed to say a word to each other. We went into the lunchroom and then the monk read something for twenty minutes while we ate our lunch - sour apple cider and lentil soup which tasted like canned to me but when I said so everyone just looked at me like I'm crazy, but - I think I know my soup. 
There was one really good-looking priest and he was behind me. Then we left and went to Paris. 

# 227
having a laughing fit... classic Andy:
Colacello recalls, "Roz told Andy that he should write his autobiography." Warhol responded that Colacello was already writing his biography. But, "Roz was very quick on her feet," answering Warhol, "Well, why don't you write your philosophy. I mean, if anyone has philosophy, it's got to be you." Warhol loved the idea and assigned Colacello as ghostwriter with the simple directive: "Philosophy is anything, Bob. Just make it up." --- Lucy Mulroney, 'I'd Recognize Your Voice Anywhere: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol [From A to B and Back Again]' 
But seriously, I think Warhol is onto something here because philosophy is anything! And I think it would do some of the smug, academic philosophers (mostly male and white) some good to have a real think about this. Being a philosophy PhD  student, I'm probably shooting myself in the leg here but I do think that it would be better for philosophy as a whole if the people involved in it would be more humble with their own thoughts, ideas and theories. Let's face it: we're not really solving any riddles, we're not 'producing' any truths, we will certainly not find out what the 'meaning of life' is. However, I also think that 'an unexamined life is not worth living'. Philosophy shouldn't be about looking like some 'big ass' thinker. If anything it should be about broadening ones own horizon and maybe, just maybe, getting a different perspective on things in life and the life of others. That's what is so valuable about philosophy: if done properly, I am convinced it can make you more respectful towards yourself and other living creatures. But it won't make you perfect. Deal with it!


Saturday, 27 December 2014

# 243

Friday, 26 December 2014

# 242

"Being single is best, but everyone wants to fall in love." --- Andy Warhol 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

# 241

Merry Christmas to everyone! 
Hope you all have quiet holidays with lots of food and friends!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

# 239

From Warhol's diary:

Tuesday, December 18, 1984
 [...] Ran into one of those kids from Harvard in the sixties, one of Edie's friends, I can't remember his name. And I showed him my crystals and told him about crystal power and he was just standing there with his mouth open. He said he couldn't believe that someone as smart as me would start believing in crystals after I made it through the sixties and everything and laughed at all the hippie stuff and that this is just the recycle of it. But really it's not the same, and you do have to be positive, not negative. He said he's developing land deals in Washington state. 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

# 238

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

# 237

Sunday, 14 December 2014

# 236

... finished a draft of my second PhD thesis chapter, today. 

This is what my desk looks like when I'm in my reading and writing work-mode. Chaotic? Always. Unorganized? Never. 








Friday, 12 December 2014

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

# 234

"I really do live for the future, because when I'm eating a box of candy, I can't wait to taste the last piece. I don't even taste any of the other pieces, I just want to finish and throw the box away and not have to have it on my mind any more. I would rather either have it now or know I'll never have it so I don't have to think about it. That's why some days I wish I were very very old-looking so I wouldn't have to think about getting old-looking." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol


Monday, 8 December 2014

# 233

"The safest way to ruin a work of art is to complete it... to fill in the gaps." --- Slavoj Zizek 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

# 231

"If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me and there I am. There‘s nothing behind it.“ --- Andy Warhol

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

# 230

Looking forward to my Philosophy in the Gallery talk at Tate Liverpool, tomorrow!

Obsessed? Not a bit, hehe.







Thursday, 27 November 2014

# 229

"Space is all one space and thought is all one thought, but my mind divides its spaces into spaces into spaces and thoughts into thoughts into thoughts." --- Andy Warhol 


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

# 228

Ever wondered what the World Trade Center had in common with Andy Warhol's works?

"[...] the World Trade Center's two towers are perfect parallelepipeds, four hundred meters high on a square base; they are perfectly balanced and blind communication vessels. The fact that there are two identical towers signifies the end of all competition, the end of every original reference. Paradoxically, if there were only one, the WTC would not embody the monopoly, since we have seen that it becomes stable in a dual form. For the sign to remain pure it must become its own double: this doubling of the sign really put an end to what is designated. Every Andy Warhol does this: the multiple replicas of Marylin Monroe's face are of course at the same time the death of the original and the end of presentation." --- Jean Baudrillard, Symbolic Exchange and Death


Sunday, 23 November 2014

# 227

having a laughing fit... classic Andy:

Colacello recalls, "Roz told Andy that he should write his autobiography." Warhol responded that Colacello was already writing his biography. But, "Roz was very quick on her feet," answering Warhol, "Well, why don't you write your philosophy. I mean, if anyone has philosophy, it's got to be you." Warhol loved the idea and assigned Colacello as ghostwriter with the simple directive: "Philosophy is anything, Bob. Just make it up." --- Lucy Mulroney, 'I'd Recognize Your Voice Anywhere: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol [From A to B and Back Again]'

But seriously, I think Warhol is onto something here because philosophy is anything! And I think it would do some of the smug, academic philosophers (mostly male and white) some good to have a real think about this. Being a philosophy PhD  student, I'm probably shooting myself in the leg here but I do think that it would be better for philosophy as a whole if the people involved in it would be more humble with their own thoughts, ideas and theories. Let's face it: we're not really solving any riddles, we're not 'producing' any truths, we will certainly not find out what the 'meaning of life' is. However, I also think that 'an unexamined life is not worth living'. Philosophy shouldn't be about looking like some 'big ass' thinker. If anything it should be about broadening ones own horizon and maybe, just maybe, getting a different perspective on things in life and the life of others. That's what is so valuable about philosophy: if done properly, I am convinced it can make you more respectful towards yourself and other living creatures. But it won't make you perfect. Deal with it!


Saturday, 22 November 2014

# 226

"Non-art (the readymade, the urinal) invades art (creative and uplifting); the trace of the other appears in the selfsame; and from then on, at least, the meaning of art has become undecidable. Art is no longer a pure concept to which we can appeal in order to judge Andy Warhol's Brillo Boxes or Tracey Emin's Bed. But then, perhaps it never was." --- Catherine Belsey, Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction


Friday, 21 November 2014

# 225

"Whereas art was once essentially an utopia - that is to say, ultimately unrealizable - today this utopia has been realized: thanks to the media, computer science and video technology, everyone is now potentially a creator. Even anti-art, the most radical of artistic utopias, was realized once Duchamp had mounted his bottle-dryer and Andy Warhol had wished he was a machine. All the industrial machinery in the world has acquired an aesthetic dimension; all the world's significance has been transfigured by the aestheticizing process." --- Jean Baudrillard, The Transparency of Evil 


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

# 224

Here is a brief outline of my upcoming 'Philosophy in the Gallery' talk at Tate Liverpool... getting super-excited about it :) 

"Warhol radically redefined the way we understand art and the role of the artist in the production of artworks. Through the use of mechanical reproduction techniques and mass media imagery, Warhol eradicated every trace of ‘the artist’s touch’ from his works, leaving us with mere ‘surfaces’. But what happens to art when the artist is ‘not present’ in their work? In an age of mechanical reproduction, are artworks more than surfaces?"




















Saturday, 15 November 2014

# 222 (I think I know my soup)

... found this gem in Warhol's diaries, today, dating back exactly 34 years ...

Saturday, November 15, 1980 - Cologne - Paris
We were going to a monastery and we had to be there at 12:00 because if we got there one minute after 12:00 we wouldn't be allowed in. Herman drove really fast in this pouring rain. After we got there we weren't allowed to say a word to each other. We went into the lunchroom and then the monk read something for twenty minutes while we ate our lunch - sour apple cider and lentil soup which tasted like canned to me but when I said so everyone just looked at me like I'm crazy, but - I think I know my soup.
There was one really good-looking priest and he was behind me. Then we left and went to Paris.

Friday, 14 November 2014

# 221

Went to the 'Art and Authenticity' workshop at the University of Leeds, on Wednesday. It gave me some good, stimulating thoughts about Warhol's work and questions regarding rather 'traditional' notions of authenticity in art and the philosophy of art... If, for example, authenticity is connected to the idea of an artist's soul being 'embodied' in the artwork by means of the artist's physical engagement with the material, then what does that mean for Warhol's use of mechanical production in his artistic practice? And, is authenticity truly a prerequisite for art? ... I think some of these questions will also come up in my Philosophy in the Gallery talk at Tate Liverpool... 


Sunday, 9 November 2014

# 220

"In the late 50s I started an affair with my television which has continued to the present, when I play around in my bedroom with as many as four at a time." --- Andy Warhol


Friday, 7 November 2014

# 219

Had a first look at Tate Liverpool's new Transmitting Andy Warhol exhibition. It was brilliant!!!! And I found myself represented in pink, hehe...



Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Saturday, 25 October 2014

# 215

"I like things to be exactly the same over and over again." --- Andy Warhol


Friday, 24 October 2014

# 214

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

# 213

"A week or so after Philadelphia I got a real lesson in show business and Pop style. Just when you think you're getting famous, somebody comes along and makes you look like a warm-up act for amateur night. Pope Paul VI. Talk about Advance PR - I mean, for centuries! Definitely the most Pop public appearance tour of the sixties was that visit of the Pope to New York City." --- Andy Warhol, Popism


Saturday, 4 October 2014

# 212

Finished my internship at Open Eye Gallery this week. I had a wonderful time there and learned so much! I can only recommend to visit this gallery if you are planning to travel to Liverpool!

Also, I did a little bit of writing for them... click here.


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

# 211

"I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say 'figment'." --- Andy Warhol 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

# 210

"You take some chocolate... and you take two pieces of bread... and you put the candy in the middle and you make a sandwich of it. And that would be cake." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Saturday, 6 September 2014

# 208

Monday, 1 September 2014

Sunday, 24 August 2014

# 206

"I just happen to like ordinary things. When I paint them, I don't try to make them extraordinary. I just try to paint them ordinary-ordinary." --- Andy Warhol


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

# 205

Today would have been Andy's birthday... in his memory, here is one of my favourite quotes:

"Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, 'So what.' That's one of my favourite things to say. 'So what.
'My mother didn't love me.' So what. 
'My husband won't ball me.' So what.
'I'm a success but I'm still alone.' So what.
I don't know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do, you never forget." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol


Saturday, 2 August 2014

# 204

... I think Andy is unusually chatty in this interview :)



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

# 203

"I don't see anything wrong with being alone. It feels great to me." --- Andy Warhol


Sunday, 29 June 2014

Saturday, 28 June 2014

# 201

Today, I went to a flea market in a small Bavarian village and, who would have thought, stumbled upon one of Frederic Jameson's books (which had Warhol's Diamond Dust Shoes on its cover).

"Indeed, one is tempted to raise here - far too prematurely - one of the central issues about postmodernism itself and its possible political dimensions: Andy Warhol's work in fact turns centrally around commodification, and the great billboard images of the Coca-Cola bottle or the Campbell's soup can, which explicitly foreground the commodity fetishism of a transition to late capital, ought to be the powerful and critical political statements. If they are not that, then surely one would want to know why, and one would begin to wonder a little more seriously about the possibilities of political art in the postmodern period of capital." --- Frederic Jameson, Postmodernism: Or the Cultural Logic of Late Capital

Saturday, 21 June 2014

# 200

Friday, 20 June 2014

# 199

.... iiiiiiiiiiinteresting...

"More enduring links between affective states and preference can also be demonstrated by comparing people who have different personality traits. For example, Furham and Walker (2001) found that thrill-seeking and conscientiousness both correlate with a taste for representational art, while neuroticism and disinhibition correlate with high ratings for abstract paintings and pop art. Pop art was disliked by people who rate high on agreeableness." --- Jesse Prinz, 'The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology'


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

# 198

Sadly, on June 14th Ultra Violet passed away... She was one of Warhol's Superstars and an artist herself... 

This is an extract from Warhol's Diary, Monday, September 19, 1977: 

"Ultra Violet was there and now, thinking back, she must have had a facelift. She looked like the first day I met her, really great. Really really great. She was wearing a dress with gold coins pinned to it and she was selling them. She already sold the good American ones. I think she got the idea of owning gold coins from me in the days when she thought whatever I did must be really smart."


# 197

"A week or so after Philadelphia I got a real lesson in show business and Pop style. Just when you think you're getting famous, somebody comes along and makes you look like a warm-up act for amateur night." --- Andy Warhol, Popism

Sunday, 15 June 2014

# 196

"Catherine Liu has provided a neo-Adornian critique of the conflation of 'fun' with that art which 'revels in its flirtation with culture industry and its sometimes cuddly, sometimes shiny supplements.' It would be crude, as he argues, to assume that such art - familiar at least since Warhol - provides democratized, unmediated pleasure merely because it makes certain forms of pleasure its (ironic) theme. Indeed, such art ('postmodern' if you will) serves to reveal even more than the Adorno-beloved artifacts of high modernism (and sometimes to the point where its representative works themselves approach a schematic didacticism), that Adorno's aesthetic theory is in fact essentially a theory of art's a priori ironicalness. Art's defining feature is that it maintains universal and particular in a state of perpetual non-reconciliation, in which every attempt at a reconciliation, moreover, results in a corresponding widening of the split." --- Erica Weitzmann, 'No Fun: Aporias of Pleasure in Adorno's Aesthetic Theory'

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

# 195

"Everybody winds up kissing the wrong person good-night." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Saturday, 31 May 2014

# 194

# 193

Wise words...


"People's fantasies are what give them problems. If you didn't have fantasies you wouldn't have problems because you'd just take whatever is there. But then you wouldn't have romance, because romance is finding your fantasy in people who don't have it. A friend of mine always says, 'Women love me for the man I'm not.'" --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol



Sunday, 25 May 2014

# 192

Let's see. We've Andy Warhol, Philip Glass, punk and new wave, the Clash, the Talking Heads and William Burroughs... according to Frederic Jameson my taste in art is as postmodern as can be, haha.


"The concept of postmodernism is not widely accepted or even understood today. Some of the resistance to it may come from the unfamiliarity of the works it covers, which can be found in all arts: the poetry of John Asherby, for instance, but also the much simpler talk poetry that came out of the reaction against complex, ironic, academic modernist poetry in the '60s; the reaction against modern architecture and in particular against the monumental buildings of the International Style, the pop buildings and decorated sheds celebrated by Robert Venturi in his manifesto, Learning from Las Vegas; Andy Warhol and Pop art, but also the later synthesis of classical and 'popular' styles found in composers like Philip Glass and Terry Riley, and also punk and new-wave rock with such groups as the Clash, the Talking Heads and the Gang of Four; in film, everything that comes out of Godard - contemporary vanguard film and video - but also a whole new style of commercial or fiction films, which has its equivalent in contemporary novels as well, where the works of William Burroughs, Thomas Pynchon and Ishmael Reed on the one hand, and the French new novel on the other, are also to be numbered among the varieties of what can be called postmodernism." --- Frederic Jameson, 'Postmodernism and Consumer Society'


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

# 191

Sunday, 20 April 2014

# 190

factory chic.... 

p.s.: 'why do you love me' doesn't cover it. 'how can you love me and act like that?' is the question.

 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

# 189

"Money is money. It doesn't matter if I've worked hard or easy for it. I spend it the same." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

# 187

# 186

"When you want to be like something, it means you really love it. When you want to be like a rock, you really love that rock. I love plastic idols." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Sunday, 2 March 2014

# 185

Today would have been Lou Reed's birthday... I still cannot believe that he's gone and I'm somehow still waiting for more great music, outrageous interviews and breath taking concerts... 


Saturday, 1 March 2014

# 184

"Andy Warhol's work in fact turns centrally around commodification, and the great billboard images of the Coca-cola bottle or the Campbell's Soup Can, which explicitly foreground the commodity fetishism of a transition to late capital, ought to be powerful and critical political statements. If they are not that, then one would surely want to know why, and one would want to begin to wonder a little more seriously about the possibilities of political or critical art in the postmodern period of late capital." --- Frederic Jameson in "Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism"

Belfast 2011

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Friday, 14 February 2014

# 182

"Love affairs get too involved, and they're not really worth it. But if for some reason, you feel that they are, you should put in exactly as much time and energy as the other person. In other words, 'I'll pay you if you pay me'" --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

# 181

"A lot of people thought it was me everyone at the Factory was hanging around, that I was some kind of big attraction that everyone came to see, but that's absolutely backward; it was me who was hanging around everyone else. I just paid the rent, and the crowds came simply because the door was open. People weren't particularly interested in seeing me. They came to see who came." --- Andy Warhol


Saturday, 1 February 2014

# 180

Warhol in Liverpool :) 
Found him at the Moon & Pea Café on Lark Lane....


Saturday, 25 January 2014

# 179

"I really believe in empty spaces, although, as an artist, I make a lot of junk. Empty space is never-wasted space. Wasted space is any space that has art in it." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol


Sunday, 19 January 2014

# 178

I finally moved into my new home and, of course, I immediately Warholized my room :) 




Thursday, 16 January 2014

# 177

Okay, very big news today! Tomorrow, The Photographer's Gallery in London will open three exhibitions: David Lynch's, William S. Burroughs' and Andy Warhol's photographies will be on display. I cannot describe how thrilled I am and I'll definitely plan a trip to London soon! Not only did I write my BA thesis on Burroughs, I also love Lynch's films and I don't even have to mention why I want to see Warhols photos :) exciting exciting exciting

Saturday, 11 January 2014

# 176

"People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly." --- Andy Warhol


Sunday, 5 January 2014

# 175

"... Schiller's claim that there must be some perceptible features of the object itself to serve as the basis for aesthetic judgment articulates one of the central beliefs of classical aesthetics. We might formulate this belief as follows: that if A is an object of art and A* is not an object of art, then there must be some perceptual feature of A that A* does not have. Such a belief runs counter to the fundamental principle sometimes cited to justify modern art: that of two perceptually identical objects, one can be an object of art (Warhol's Brillo Box) and the other not be (the brillo box on the supermarket shelf). The problem with this principle, Schiller would say, is that it undermines all reason or justification for aesthetic judgment, and ultimately the universalizability of aesthetic judgment itself. For if the aesthetic judgment makes no reference to perceptual features of the object, how could one justify it? How could one expect others to feel the same? To appeal to the philosophy of the art world or its institutions is only to take the judgment outside aesthetic experience entirely." --- Frederick Beiser, Schiller as Philosopher

Thursday, 2 January 2014