Re: [Frameworks] Value systems

From: Jonathan Thomas <>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:14:15 +0000 (GMT)

I don't see value as a dated concept, although commodity value is irrelevant. For me, a work has value when it provokes thought, when it creates a space to contemplate / meditate on (in the Heideggerian sense) the world (as experienced, mediated, related, etc.). Although personally I find formalist, materialist work very appealing, this is contained within an idea of art as thinking tool over art as object.I do agree, like most people probably, that large galleries and museums do play safe, but haven't they always? I always aim for artist-run spaces that engender a much more widely critical and contextual discourse. 20th century theories of art are not yet dated and irrelevant, to me at least. There was a lot of it, and we are still wading through it all, trying to untangle it and assess its relevance. There has to remain a strand of early 21st century art and theory that constitutes a critical pause for breath.

--- On Sun, 20/11/11, Bernard Roddy <> wrote:

From: Bernard Roddy <>
Subject: [Frameworks] Value systems
To: "" <>
Date: Sunday, 20 November, 2011, 14:06

Value as a reference today strikes me as dated.  It draws on a period when art as commodity was an interesting question.
Restrictions on freedom of expression are back.  It's time to examine the renewal of conservativism in media art.
To propose a term for critical study: professional responsibility.  Not the debate between modernist and post-modernist experimental film.  Not the relevance of "avant-garde." 

Performance art's history is really to the point.  We see a transformation of performance art's provocations into not only gallery-safe work but a kind of artistic administrator's ideal.
Apologies for the obscurity.
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