"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
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
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
"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
"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
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?"
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Saturday, 15 November 2014
... 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
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
Friday, 7 November 2014
Had a first look at Tate Liverpool's new Transmitting Andy Warhol exhibition. It was brilliant!!!! And I found myself represented in pink, hehe...