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Engineering Beauty

The fourth and most understandable error we made...was to have turned over all aspects of freeway route selection and design to the engineering profession. Of course, engineering is an absolutely necessary element in the road-building process. But engineering not all that is required. ... Freeways do not exist apart from the world. ...even the Division of Highways recognizes the fact that values of a sort that do not lend themselves to narrow economic analysis are important. ....
Tags: Education, California, Economics, Collaboration, Jazz, Menlo Park, WB, St Patrick, Oroville Dam, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Interdisciplinary Issues, Engineering and Engineers, Pushkarev, Bronson (william, William BronsonHow

Walter Capps—Erikson, Psychohistory, Worldview

Walter Capps"Erik Erikson's Contribution Toward Understanding Religion"in Ideas and Identities: The Life and Work of Erik Erikson (1998) ed. Wallerstein and Goldberger pp. 67-78 were the primary Erikson insight writ large, one could make a compelling case that the religious traditions themselves can be approached as extensions and exemplifications of the lives—indeed, the biographies—of their founders. (69) And in a footnote to a related passage: In making this suggestion, I wish to call atten...
Tags: Religion, Personality, Jazz, Psychoanalysis, Erik Erikson, Immanuel Kant, Erikson, Goldberger, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Wallerstein, Psychohistory, From A Notebook, Capps (walter, Erikson (erik, Walter Capps

Riesman on Public Performance

In "progressive schools", Above all, the walls change their look. The walls of the modern grade school are decorated with the paintings of the children or their montages from the class in social studies. Thus the competitive and contemporary problems of the children look down on them from walls which, like the teacher herself, are no longer impersonal. This looks progressive, looks like a salute to creativeness and individuality; but again we meet paradox. While the school de-emphasizes grades ...
Tags: Art, Education, Minneapolis, Creativity, Current Events, Jazz, Don, Allen, Mumford, Milo, Wexler, Northside, Gatto, Stefan Kac, School Band, Riesman

Debord and Wolman—Détournement

Guy Debord and Gil J Wolman "A User's Guide to Détournement" (1956) in Situationist International Anthology (2006) trans. and ed. Ken Knabb pp. 14-21 It is not just returning to the past which is reactionary; even "modern" cultural objectives are ultimately reactionary since they depend on ideological formulations of a past society that has prolonged its death agony to the present. The only historically justified tactic is extremist innovation. (14) Unfortunately it is not only our various und...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Jazz, Appropriation, Griffith, Ku Klux, Stefan Kac, DeBord, Wolman, Détournement, Remix Culture, From A Notebook, Situationists, Debord (guy, Wolman (gil, Gil J Wolman

Lipstick Traces—Détournement Is Quick, You Are Slow

Greil Marcus Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century (1989) [My notes say:] p. 403—"On its own page, "The Cathars Were Right" is funnier and more ominous than I can make it. My translation is slow and détournement is always quick—a new world in a double take, in the blink of an eye." Even as a skeptic, I can probably grant this much as far as it goes. In fact the quickness angle suggests an unassailable test for the skeptic to deploy in making an empirical or anecdotal study o...
Tags: Gm, Jazz, Buddhism, Buddhist, Stefan Kac, Détournement, Situationists, Debord (guy, From A Postit, Marcus (greil, Cathars Were Right

Détournement as Resistance to Ownership of the Commons

McKenzie Wark The Beach Beneath the Street (2011) pp.40-41—Détournement as resistance to ownership of the commons The only problem I have with this is that it deprives the person making the reclamation of the transformative struggle which comes with striving for a unique, original accomplishment. Perhaps wholesale appropriations are crucial for their potential to remind collective society of its collective aspects; but the perpetrator has, as I take Debord to have said repeatedly, not accomplish...
Tags: Work, Jazz, Appropriation, Foucault, Stefan Kac, Michel Foucault, DeBord, Epistemology, Détournement, McKenzie Wark, Remix Culture, Situationists, Foucault (michel, Wark (mckenzie

Vincent Kaufmann on Détournement

Kaufmann/Bononno, Guy Debord It's true that détournement is also based on a technique of dissimulation, if we insist on using the term, even though it would be more correct to speak of it as a ruse or feint. But it is at the very least problematic to attribute such a technique to the practice—considered shameful or inadmissable— of autobiography, a larvatus prodeo to which no more than a handful of self-proclaimed scholars hold the key. Reading Debord is not like a game of Trivial Pursuit, and...
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Détourn or Deform?

"A Maximum of Openness: Jacqueline de Jong in conversation with Karen Kurczynski" in Expect Anything Fear Nothing (2011) ed. Rasmussen and Jakobsen p. 195 JdJ: ... If you look at it, you can see that I printed it in the smallest font possible so that no one could read it. And it was on purpose. I was already at that moment not very happy with the guys in Drakabygget, mainly Thorsen, I must say. The Drakabygget people were making détournements of articles of mine, such as "Gog and Magog," in thei...
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Détournement and the Form-Content Binary

Anselm Jappe Guy Debord (1993) trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith (1999) ...Debord's whole conception of society is founded on détournement: all the elements needed for a free life are already at hand, both culturally and technologically speaking; they have merely to be modified as to their meanings, and organized differently. (61) In other words, nothing is new under the sun; but does that truism point to the Timelessness of what we've always had, or to its changeability via being "modified as to [i...
Tags: Jazz, Appropriation, Stefan Kac, DeBord, Détournement, Remix Culture, Situationists, Debord (guy, Form And Content, Jappe (anselm, Anselm Jappe Guy Debord, Donald Nicholson Smith

Karen Kurczynski—Jorn on Functionalism as Totalitarian

Kurczynski, The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn p. 34—on "collective creativity" and the "open work" Given the context of Jorn's extra-painterly concerns in the early 1940s, the idea of openness implicit in the indeterminate compositional process also takes on social and political dimensions. Openness to the new would become one of Jorn's central artistic themes. He argues in Held og Hasard that curiosity about the new and unknown is the beginning of all aesthetic activity. Is this orientation ...
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Karen Kurczynski—Jorn on Human Potential

Karen Kurczynski The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn:The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up (2014) He [Jorn] believed that expression is a basic human potential that the institutions of art actually deny ordinary people by turning it into the specialty of a few heroic geniuses. (8) What "institutions of art" "deny" to "ordinary people" is NOT their potential, but rather recognition and resources . If Sunday Painters believe they are entitled to those things simply for being human, then they deserve...
Tags: Art, Jazz, Denmark, Expression, Stefan Kac, Jorn, Asger Jorn, Elitism, From A Notebook, Amateurs And Amateurism, Jorn (asger, Kurczynski (karen, Situationists, Karen Kurczynski, Helhesten

Karen Kurczynski—Jorn's Distrust of Photography

Kurczynski, The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn ...distrust of the prefabricated image in fact led him [Jorn] at first to dismiss—shortsightedly—the artistic and critical potential of photography. Jorn writes that excessive faith in the progress and objectivity of science leads to the view that photography is the best art form, because it is the most objective and realistic. But there is no objective reality even in science, he argues, since it is always tied to the needs and interests of those...
Tags: Technology, Jazz, Abstract Art, Stefan Kac, Representation, Jorn, Asger Jorn, Photography And Photographers, From A Notebook, Jorn (asger, Kurczynski (karen, Karen Kurczynski

Karen Kurczynski—Jorn on Abstraction and Inhumanity

Kurczynski, The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn ...this renewed interest in painting [in the 1950s] had an important social function as a profound rejection of what critics perceived as the threatening aspects of the spread of mass-media technologies mostly experienced on a screen. (196) ...cultural critics who contrasted the material specificity of painting as the ultimate medium of sensory engagement to the alienating effects of the mass media, despite the media's own claims to collapse dista...
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Karen Kurczynski—Détournement and Sexual Objectification

Kurczynski, The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn p. 186—in an endnote Baum ["The Sex of the Situationist International", 2008] defends the SI's use of erotic images of women as critical détournements. I would argue that those images fail to accomplish the SI's critical goals, however, because even out of context they continue to function as heterosexist images of the female body as passive object of desire. Without yet having read Baum's article, I'm predisposed to agree with KK's assessment here....
Tags: Art, Gender, Sexism, Jazz, KK, Baum, Stefan Kac, Representation, DeBord, Asger Jorn, Détournement, From A Notebook, Jorn (asger, Kurczynski (karen, Karen Kurczynski

Karen Kurczynski—Jorn: Critique Is Secondary, Creation Is Primary

Kurczynski, The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn ...the Lettrists stated in 1953, "Oblivion (l'oubli) is our dominant passion." The original term "oubli" signifies at once forgetting, intoxication, and anonymity. (165) p. 183—excerpt from Jorn What one expresses through destruction is critique. Critique is a secondary reaction to something primary which already exists. What one expresses through artistic creation is joy of life. Art is primary action in relation to the unknown. The French have b...
Tags: Jazz, KK, Stefan Kac, DeBord, Jorn, From A Notebook, Jorn (asger, Kurczynski (karen, Situationists, Karen Kurczynski, Asger Jorn the Lettrists, Jorn Museum

Karen Kurczynski—Jorn's Critique of Functionalism

Kurczynski, The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn Jorn argues, "It is a basic weakness of Functionalism that it cannot tolerate the idea of freely creative art." In its worst iterations, Functionalism tended to celebrate standardization and technology for their own sake, imposing its aesthetic on people in a way reminiscent of the classicism it initially opposed. It became the classicism of the machine age. Just as in classical architecture, Functionalism's claims to the democratic ideals of open...
Tags: Jazz, Stefan Kac, Jorn, Functionalism And Functionalists, From A Notebook, Jorn (asger, Kurczynski (karen, Karen Kurczynski, Asger Jorn Jorn

Karen Kurczynski—Jorn's Artistic Reality

Kurczynski, The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn p. 201—quoting directly a "somewhat humorous" passage of Jorn's: What an artwork represents is quite insignificant. What the artist believes it represents is also insignificant. The effect the artist wanted to achieve is itself without interest. What the observer believes he sees in the artwork is in itself insignificant. The only thing that means something is the objective and real effect the art has exercised on the observer. That is the artisti...
Tags: Jazz, KK, Stefan Kac, Jorn, Asger Jorn, From A Notebook, Jorn (asger, Kurczynski (karen, Karen Kurczynski

Karen Kurczynski—Aesthetics Make an Appearance

Kurczynski, The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn p. 105—on the Statsgymnasium in Aarhus Rational, ordered, rectilinear, Apollonian, the building stands for everything Asger Jorn critiqued in architecture: geometries so harmonious and restrained that they became almost lifeless; the aesthetic celebration of structure and engineering that rejects almost anything decorative, organic, or irregular. Here is a quite curious and loaded usage of "aesthetic;" or perhaps it is the usage of "decorative" in...
Tags: Jazz, Stefan Kac, Asger Jorn, Functionalism And Functionalists, From A Notebook, Jorn (asger, Kurczynski (karen, Anti-aesthetic, Weird Usages Of The Word Aesthetic, Karen Kurczynski, Aarhus Rational

Fromm and Maccoby on the Total Character Structure

The nonproductive forms of social relatedness in a predominantly productive person—loyalty, authority, fairness, assertiveness—turn into submission, domination, withdrawal, destructiveness in a predominantly nonproductive person. Any of the nonproductive orientations has, therefore, a positive and a negative aspect, according to the degree of productiveness in the total character structure. (78)Erich Fromm and Michael MaccobySocial Characterin a Mexican Village (1970)p. 79 has a long list of "po...
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Fromm and Maccoby on Cultural Stimuli

In our discussion thus far we have paid little attention to the problem of the happiness of the peasant. In fact, we have stressed the economic advantage of the productive orientation, but said little of the subjective factor of satisfaction and contentment. In order to understand this problem better, we must have in mind the important fact, mentioned in Chapter 5, that the village is a cultural and spiritual desert. The values which existed for the precapitalistic peasant, and which Tawney ha...
Tags: Art, Europe, Florida, Mexico, Outreach, Culture, Jazz, Grimm, Tolstoy, Psychoanalysis, Erich Fromm, Stefan Kac, Fromm, Tawney, Tepoztlan, Maccoby

Wherein Haraway's Cyborgs Outbreed Rosin's Plastic Women

Donna Haraway"A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century" (orig. 1985)in Manifestly Haraway (2016)A definition:Affinity: related not by blood but by choice, the appeal of one chemical nuclear group for another, avidity. (16)Actually, the "chemical nuclear" sense of "affinity" has for me connotations not of choice but of absolute (or perhaps simply intractible) physical laws. The opposite approach would mean ascribing free will and consciousnes...
Tags: Gender, Feminism, Reproduction, Jazz, Donna Haraway, Stefan Kac, Haraway, Fromm, Critical Theory, From A Notebook, Haraway (donna, Power Feminism, Cyborg Gender, Plastic Woman, Outbreed Rosin

Haraway—Situated Knowledges

Donna Haraway"Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Persepctive"Feminist Studies 14/3 (1988)on the "strong" social constructionist theory of scientific (non-)objectivity:So much for those of us who would still like to talk about reality with more confidence than we allow the Christian right when they discuss the Second Coming... We would like to think our appeals to real worlds are more than a desperate lurch away from cynicism and an act of faith l...
Tags: Gender, Science, Feminism, Ethics, Jazz, Christian, Thorne, Eliot, Donna Haraway, Stefan Kac, Haraway, Epistemology, From A Notebook, Haraway (donna, Power Feminism, Partial Persepctive Feminist Studies

Anna Freud—Adolescence, Ego, Intellect

There is a type of young person whose sudden spurt in intellectual development is no less noticeable and surprising than his rapid development in other directions. We know how often the whole interest of boys during the latency period is concentrated on things with have an actual, objective existence. Some boys love to read about discoveries and adventures or to study numbers and proportions or to devour descriptions of strange animals and objects, while others confine their attention to machine...
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The Latest Unavoidable Editorial Notice

Periodically bloggers call a 30-second time out to step out of their virtual bodies and observe. Here we go again.The consciously-stated guiding principles here (staying on topic, avoiding making myself part of the story, and overall continence in rate of production) have been stetched over the years, and they're being stretched to the breaking point now. Where to go from here? On the topical front, it no longer seems constructive (or even possible) for every post to relate directly/explicitly t...
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Parsons on Ideological Skewness

The relation of an ideological system to the social system in which it takes root is highly complex, and subject to a great deal of variation in different circumstances. In a well-integrated society the dominant ideology in large measure reflects and interprets a large part of the system of actually institutionalized patterns. But even in the most stable societies the ideological patterns are selective relative to the institutional. Ideological formulation often reflects a need to justify, which...
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Parsons on the Romantic and the Methodical

...the dominant character structure of modern Germany had been distinguished by a striking dualism between "A: an emotional, idealistic, active, romantic component which may be constructive or destructive and anti-social," and "B: an orderly, hard-working hierarchy preoccupied, methodical, submissive, gregarious, materialistic" component.In the traditional pre-Nazi German society it is overwhelmingly the B component which has become institutionalized. The A component arises from two principal in...
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Krens' Footprints and Oteiza's Paradox

Oteiza’s paradox consists in that while New York’s world-class artists will consider him as their equal (Serra conceded to a reporter that he thought Oteiza was the greatest living sculptor, and Gehry called him one of the three or four fundamental artists of the century), the Krensified franchise museum will reduce him to a local artist whose value is seen as quite negligible.But Oteiza is only one instance of this paradox. The same thing happened to the great Eduardo Chillida. Initially, when ...
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COVID Confessional—On Maintaining Just the Right Amount of Skepticism

Among the many challenges of the past thirteen months has been the everyday-epistemological challenge of staying grounded and vigilant in an environment of ever-polarizing opinion. Recent conversations with two valued friends reveal the danger of the post-COVID world bifurcating absolutely into sheep and denialists. I hasten to insist that these are not the only two options.I am someone who will not even take a pain killer except in the most extreme of circumstances. I am willing to accept scie...
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Parsons on Universalistic and Particularistic Systems

Social systems in which a considerable number of individuals are in a complex and delicate state of mutual interdependence tend greatly to limit the scope of "personal" emotional feeling or, at least, its direct expression in action. Any considerable range of affective spontaneity would tend to impinge on the statuses and interests of too many others, with disequilibriating consequences for the system as a whole. (187-188)[A footnote to this passage...]This tendency for multiple-membered social ...
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Parsons on the Instrumental and the Expressive

If we are right in thinking that special pressures operate on the younger generation relative to the general pressures generated by social change, on the other side of the relationship there are factors which make for special sensitivities on their part. The residua of early dependency, as pointed out above, constitute one such factor. In addition, the impact on youth of the general process of social differentiation makes for greater differences between their position and that of children, on th...
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