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UMELEC 1 - 2008

DIVUS Ltd
Magazine
Soft Cover
106 pages
32 x 22 cm
2008
1
£5


We work like old people, yet we behave
like children more than ever before. We
surround ourselves with mobile miracles,
and therefore we have no idea what we
are dealing with. We try to live in safety,
and yet we do not know what it means to
be safe. Many of us have lost time, but acquired
“things.” We love “things” and their
names sound nice to us. We love them,
but they do not love us. We are impressed
by their being charged, and unhappy by
their loss. We are unhappy and with no
time to spare from unrequited love, and
always on the move.
So let’s forget about culture. We don’t
know what it means. The word culture
is at the end of its meaning-making history,
because it has become a crutch for
all that is frivolous. Why have a ministry
for some abstract culture, we have beer
culture, table culture, legal culture, legislative
culture, and all kinds of mold and
yogurt cultures too. Culture without qualification
is fraud.
Art is trying to become science. It deals
with philosophy, sociology and psychology,
and desires to be a pedagogical resource
too. It wants to be political, yet maintain
the charisma of the underground (that is,
by being non-political). It wants to be a
commodity. It makes fun of pop culture,
a society that desires property, and it
exhorts humility while at the same time
consuming high-profile grants and taking
over entire exhibit halls for its presentation.
Contemporary art wants to be everything
but still remain unique. Because
art itself has little meaning—there is too
much of it.
Contemporary artists are like Switzerland.
They are like a country that wishes
to remain neutral in the game, while siding
with the winning team no matter who
that is. Artists need not know a lot, yet
they wish to comment on all contemporary
phenomena. There is no area where
contemporary artists do not stick their
noses, but should they act in error, they
simply claim artistic immunity. The only
concept they are afraid of is art that wishes
to fulfill and not make mistak

Writers Alena Boika, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Pablo Heigurera, Edith Jerabkova, Drew Martin, Ivan Mecl, Spunk Seipel, Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, John McLaughlin, Aaron Moulton, Michael LaFond, Nils Michaelis, Christian Neagoe, Tony Ozuna, Tomas Pospiszyl, Jiri Ptacek, Karin Rolle, Zuzana Stefkova, Hana Tanimura, Jan Zalesak


 
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