Re: "political" "avant-garde"

From: db (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Oct 26 2006 - 19:28:57 PDT

On Oct 26, 2006, at 5:27 PM, gyoungblood wrote:
> May I suggest a slight adjustment of language? A work of art can
> REPRESENT a political issue but it can't BE political.
> Only lived situations are political, only lived conditions or
> circumstances are political.

Interesting points, Gene. But what if a film ends up being a catalyst
of action (not that I am aware of any specific examples)? What if
form and content unite to represent a new strategem (ala some of the
issues discussed in "Anti-Oedipus" & "1000 Plateau," to name two

I guess my questions hinges on a kind of passive/active position
regarding representation.

> Politics is about possible relations among people. These
> situations, circumstances, conditions or relations provide the
> context(s) within which we claim that a work of art (or anything
> else) is political. Control of context is control of meaning is
> control of reality.

So if a film originates from this perspective wouldn't it be
political by its very nature?


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