Is It Art? Is IT Legal? Is It, Bugger…

Industrial Dissolution

The US stock market was on the receiving end of a real RIMM job yesterday, with the maker of the Blackberry taking a bath with a 25% drop. Pandora, the day after their IPO dipped below their initial $16 stock (shock) value and Morningstar, who usually are content with being the megaphone for the economic propaganda emanating from our owners and masters state that their real value is $5. thus is just the latest in a strange, fractal synechdoche bit of moving sculpture/ performance piece/ electronic installation piece called the market.

Don’t worry, as of noon taday, US markets are up an average of 0.40%. This is on the back of collective wisdom assuring us that Greece will greaze up for the international banks so they can complete the job on them and turn their land and infrastructure into property held by the banks.

Dry stuff for a creature such as this kkoagublogg, dealing as we do with music and art, so here’s a video for some entertainment comfort to cleanse the palate:

Vincent Van Gogh had a hard life, selling merely one of his paintings in his lifetime and that to his brother. His name is now cloaked in glory, with works ending up as wealthy art collector concubines and images of same gracing postcards and posters worldwide. The people and institutions involved in the above shenanigans are the same who decide what is declared important in art, what music is to be a real economic commodity. Also, the law does not apply to them. These are the people who are currently buying and selling Warhol art, in a pass-around similar to the collecting and trading of pokemon cards. This could be a Warhol bubble. Hedge fund managers are in the dual role of Pangenitor and Panphage for all art and culture just as they are for public companies and nation states.

The Artistic Impulse - A cure for it is imminent

Does anything artists/writers/musicians do matter in the wider culture? Did it ever? Most of the creative types I know prefer to ignore such matters, but this may be a defensive posture in a world that does everything it can to discourage them from the path they’re on. And the ones rewarded end up effectively neutralized. Success in the outlying genres is a nice middle-management descent into stupor at best, or a terrible burden on top of the dayjob and what’s left for home life.

There have been multiple declarations of ART WAR in the last few years, but things rarely update after the manifesto is posted, usually on a free blog platform. Hey, we did that! Well, not declare ART WAR, but post a manifestooo right here. We may be developing more music, now that we broke it, or something entirely different. The process is the product and the conversation will determine what, how where with the who being every living and dead creature…

Trailer for the documentary “What is ART? Inside the Mind of the Artist as They Speak the Truth” by Steven Johnson Leyba featuring H.R.Giger, Genesis P-Orridge, Howard Bloom, Joe Coleman, Richard Metzger, David J, Mark Bode and more answer the difficult questions, what is Art?what is TRUE ART?, what is the difference between art and entertainment?, what is more important the artist or the art? Is art important?  

It’s kind of a bourgeois thing to sit and speculate on w(h)ither art?, declare this form or that form dead, and debating back and forth to estimate the time of death. Hey, it’s all dead and in ruins along with the future, literacy and quite likely the industry currently eating up your time in exchange for the means and permission to stay alive for your natural span and do so in sheltered accomodations, owned or rented. The future is here, the future once promised is dead, long live the future, dead music and all.

Audio addenda:

Doc Hammer @ Dragoncon mp3

Fiction in the Age of Inequality mp3

Textual etceterata:

http://observatory.designobserver.com/feature/make-do/27998/0

http://www.viceland.com/blogs/en/2011/04/04/russias-art-war-an-interview-with-voina/

http://blogs.wsj.com/marketbeat/2011/06/17/research-in-motion-a-permabull-bails/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/jun/17/hauntology-critical

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/feb/16/featuresreviews.guardianreview17?INTCMP=SRCHpsychogeography

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-isnt-wall-street-in-jail-20110216

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/164268/20110616/pandora-ipo-analysts-point-to-5-after-shares-drop.htm

Far Flung, the Rose Madder Crowd

The best place for an artist is to not be beholden to anything but the work. Well, that’s the ideal. What is often forgotten is that in the continuum of creation to curation to collection only creation is production. Dealers, A&R people and publishers tend to be more aware of this than the people at either end of the process and keeping that in mind helps one understand the minds and actions of the middle-men who usually end up with most of the capital generated. An artist who is going to enter into that dance has to treat these arbiters as employees. For those who don’t, alternative possibilities are multiplying rapidly.

Yes, public arts funding has been in the sights of politicians here in the US for decades, and in the UK for at least the last ten years. There is much hand-wringing onm some circles, and in the circles in which I move there is certainly an awareness of what’s going on, but for most of us, this funding being available or institutions existing never made a difference.

 For funding individual projects and fundamental organizational efforts one may consider taking it to the crowd. It is not uncommon for even labels to take pre-sale orders for CD releases, though it varies from situation to situation how much of that pre-sales are needed to fund production and manufacturing. Smaller labels rarely give anything for production these days, with the relative affordablility of DAW’s and even digital mastering tools. Another that is becoming more common among independents is crowdfunding through sites like Indiegogo, Wefund, music specific entities like Pledgemusic and Kickstarter.

The latter option presents a two-pronged opportunity for artists, film makers, musicians and cultural organizations. On one hand, appealing directly to their audiences for support diminishes the need to shape the work to fit tastes and agendas of the people holding the money or massage those grant writing skills. And a successful campaign engages thoso who already love the work early in the process even while expanding their reach to new supporters.

Turning Point

The March Violets surely could name their price at any of the larger indie labels for their new release, but they are opting to let the fans help and in return people supporting their effort are let in on the process, through frequent communication from the band and access to free dowbn load of tracks well before anyone gets to hear them. With the two already given to their Pledgtemusic supporters, they are richly rewarded indeed.

Saith The March Violets:

We have always been fiercely independent, and the music industry has changed beyond recognition since the days of “Grooving In Green”, “Snake Dance”, “Walk into the Sun” and Rebirth Records. But WE haven’t really changed, we may be older and wiser and indeed wider, but we still have the desire to push the sonic envelope and show everyone that we are unique and even more relevant now the political climate has gone full cycle back to when we began.

And there are now so many more ways of connecting with our loyal fanbase and indeed making new friends. So we’ve teamed up with PledgeMusic to do just that; to welcome you into our twisted little world and offer you the chance to get your hands on some amazing exclusive offers. There’s signed and hand designed merchandise, exclusive stuff old and new, the chance to spend time with us in the studio and even get drunk with us. We are excited! Join us on this continuing adventure.

Part of the reward for artists is to be part of a direct general cultural dialogue that would be harder to initiate. In the case of The Yes Men Fix the World, there is no way any of the media companies that are essentially mouthpieces of our owners would ever support such a venture. They went to Vodo, which has the advantage of the crowdfunding and expands that with a distribution platform that allows for streaming and bittorrent downloads. And filmmakers are taking to crowdfunding in greater numbers since the major studios dissolved their «independent» subsidiaries.

Art careers traditionally depend on either appealing to the small group of people holding wealth or creating somthing innocuous enough for millions of people to want to buy prints for their living rooms. Alternatives for ennabling creation are dveloping and continued innovation is sure to develop. The next step is creating a distributed culture including dialogue, dissemination of work and support systems outside the establishment. As the real economy is being abandoned and working and middle classes are thrown out as no longer necessary within the developing infernal economic alchemy, the artists and thinkers who haven’t been relevant to their Brave (no longer) New World are there to welcome them. Interesting times lie ahead, and the bits falling off the decaying monolith may be a great place to start gathering building materials.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/culture-cuts-blog/2011/mar/11/crowdfunding-arts-wedidthis

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/culture-cuts-blog/2011/may/16/art-emin

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

http://vodo.net/yesmen

http://www.publicindividual.com/blog/interstitial-spaces/mobile-social/platforms/04/privacy-and-anonymity-for-creatives-castrproject-crowdsourcing-and-media-production/

KKOAGULAA SIGNS WITH AURAL MUSIC

Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi

kkoagulaa are excited to announce the signing of a deal with Aural Music. kkoagulaa, the multimedia, multidimensional project formed by ccernn after his departure from Manes, have wrapped up production on their debut full length. The album, titled Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi, marks a new era of an exponential growth of creativity for the artists involved.

The inception of kkoagulaa continues and furthers the pushing of boundaries that characterized the black metal/avant-garde careers of its core members, kkoagulaa’s art is a kaleidoscopic vortex of dark and light, brilliant, psychedelic colour contrasting haunting, evocative monochrome. Much discussion and speculation surrounds the kkoagulaa podcasts, ebooks and art. The period of conception and gearing up yielded hours of material, but that material were but the rough sketches, the single and debut album comprising the first masterworks of kkoagulaa.

Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi is set to be released in late February 2010 and will be preceded by a digital only EP in late january 2010.

http://www.myspace.com/kkoagulaa

http://kkoagulaa.wordpress.com

kkoagulaa line-up:

ccernn (Tor-Helge Skei a.k.a. Cernunus) (Manes, Atrox (Nor), Suffocation (Nor), Perifa)

eemersonn (P. Emerson Williams) (Choronzon (US), Veil Of Thorns, beyond Flesh, subQtaneous)

vvindd (Eivind Fjoseide) (Manes, Atrox (Nor))

hatlen (Tommy Sebastian Halseth) (Manes, Griffin (Nor), Atrox (Nor), Godsend (Nor), Wåttamezz)

hoemsnes (Rune Hoemsnes) (Manes, The 3rd and the Mortal)

trstn (Torstein Parelius) (Manes, Chton)

Pandora’s Box

Kkultural Bolshevism? The kkoagulaa manifestooo in Bulgarian

In a wonderful display of the spirit in which we carry out our humble endeavours here at kkoagulaa towers, Boris, our friend from Bulgaria has done us the kindness of translating thee kkoagulaa manifestooo (alpha test) to Bulgarian, and an interesting discussion has started over at his blog.

For those who don’t read Bulgarian, we give you a convenient google translation, for what it’s worth.

I want to bring some bits of Boris’ intro and subsequent discussion so we can give our own thoughts, and perhaps bring some more discussion as we polish some new work, and bring the next iteration of the Manifesto bearing in mind the thoughts expressed.

Here goes. First, from the intro. I have tried to recover as much meaning as I could from the jumble that was left from the google translator-bot:

Manifesto “kkoagulaa” (alpha test)

02/06/2009 – kriegor

I decided to translate and publish this document alive mostly because I like that line of reasoning and objectives, voice and says there is implied a similar attitude towards culture. Here defend freedom and art works by a living “… so Nice. To understand it in purely pragmatic plan, a culture based on present state of copyright arising from hiperteksta, the free exchange of information and ideological opposition to the free and non-free software. I encourage people who have not heard of the Copyleft approach and the licenses to be familiar with Creative Common s and the GNU General Public License; when it comes to free art, free (except for all that might mean in practical and ethical level) here is the same as in “free”. Without these basic principles, the writing is unclear, “impossible” and even crazy. From a legal point of view, there is no new ideas, in Bulgaria this approach is validated by the time of the project, which has its own manifesto: “Open Culture Bulgaria”; therefore, more important is to seek and philosophical reasons to think that respect (eg in terms of hermenevtika, artistic evolution and philosophy of life).

Once the manifesto has greater scope than just a legal problem you need to know that this is a form of thinking (and philosophical), which legitimized not only the right attitude, but the whole aesthetic. Understanding of philosophical texts in the plan is needed spiritual (for) freedom, or at least reject the structural, pozitivistki, behavioral, and other psychologially reductionist approaches. On this issue and will publish my next essay.

And another thing: some might think this is just an ad for kkoagulaa, designed to get attention (and money?) Why it is not so clear from the text.

The translation of the declaration was made on 22.05.2009 by Boris Radev and Ralitsa Todorova, however, does not mean it can not tolerate change. If anyone has a proposal for better translation to make it to publish the relevant passage in the comments.

Please be critical because, as evidenced by its title, this is the spirit and advocate.

A refinement and it is not manifest in the traditional sense, with the strict nature programming, but in the words of its author: not so much a statement expressions as conversation assumption proposal.

We are extremely grateful to ahve this motivation to give the kkoagulaa manifesto a complete overhaul. Soon to come is Thee kkoagulaa Manifestoooo (Beta), along with the examples our kind translator suggested we shoud give.

And the comments, largely from an individual calling hirself :

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Reichsprotektor Says:

02/06/2009 at 11:29

Pretty naive to manifest in my PERSONAL tai rear its objectives such as “Zeitgeist” and the like, not like it and that movement of otazhdestvyava “free art” with (as you said) disgusting name “kkoagulaa” is like PATENT? People from the – superior intellect and spirituality will know that small capitalism against which this article declares shall not preclude the Creator and one has to start thinking before you “cut and added to reappoint himself

The problem of free beauty and art (as described in the manifest) begins where thinking begins.

It is very close to the human mind to say that whoever would have the right to sell its ownership, no matter toothbrush or bear is free to do so.

And he who wants to issue their creations with the free license is free to do so.

Ultimately, copyright is only on paper;)

Movies, music, games and programs should not be used without a license and software purchased and pictures can be plagiarized and if placed on the internet no one pursues you;)

All movement is air pressure.

* Note: This comment comes from a man who uses Linux and free software daily familiar with GNU / GPL, Copyleft, FSF and related organizations and understands the difference between Satanism and black metal:)

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kriegor Says: kriegor Says:

02/06/2009 в 13:04 02/06/2009 at 13:04

Thanks to Martin for this light to form-critical comments.

I do not know whether the objectives are like traffic Zeitgeist, as I am not the author, but an interpreter. I do not have such large targets, but does not mean that we do not accept some of the tasks. For identification between art free content and kkoagulaa a word can not be done because on the one hand in the face of the project are an example of how one could create (and could, in countless other ways) of other hand, this is a concept that is responsible for certain content, which can be parallel with the creative impulse of life and evolution of Bergson, for example. Whether the sound sucks, boring, stupid or disgusting is phonological problem.

I have no intention to divide the people of higher and a lower intelligence as it is unjustified, but it is apparent that there is a certain misunderstanding of izkustvtoto and creative potential in everyone. This “small capitalism, which belong to the biggest financial giants of the music and film industry (and many other communities) create an attitude in people that produce them, and any other potreblyavat forms of art. What is written here is directed (apparently) to people living with art remained present. He understands that and him, nothing to be angry that reads something familiar. On the other hand, most profound thought is not a condition for beautiful works of art. And if you go beyond lizentsite here thinking about life, the universe, society, culture as constantly happening creative products. And if so (and it might be thought so in existentialism hermenevtika +, say), then only one step remains to understand that we as artists in their own life, destiny and freedom, and picture (art). This is the only way to transtsedirame existence through the things that we do as actors: subektnost our products, by which expression and communication. I do not mind people want money for how to express. I have a mind to expect that others will pay for their zasvideltestvat respect (this practice anyway not ever happen).

What exactly does that do not use certain things in a certain way is a matter which in legal terms is relatively easy to clarify, but not ethical. This is the most important problem (with the aesthetic dimension), which is here.

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Reichsprotektor Says: Reichsprotektor Says:

07/06/2009 в 13:10 07/06/2009 at 13:10

This movement, now that I think most – well described as “cultural Bolshevism” very wild words freedoms for all those things and still absolutely nothing in particular, how can one believe, what?

“Natrapva our position that art is something that the man from the crowd and just sit indifferently observed, if art has a role in his life. Vital to reject this thesis. Demonstratively discarded it, and move the next step. “

What is the place of human beings in art? Is obliged to participate in it?

This invocation of the phrase «cultural Bolshevism» by Reichsprotektor is not the first time the idea has come up. Earlier comentator Mr. Trippy brought up how artist would function in a communist society in his comment on our answer to Altermodern, the attempt to transcend post-modernism, or of one curator to increase his international profile. As a hermit who would perish in a collective living situation and who has no drive to be “part of something bigger” or to belong, it’s a tough line of thought to follow through to its natural conclusion. That may be attempted at a later date.

What we have done little to address is the specifics of our take on free culture in its relationship to the marketplace. While we have given away a lot of our work, we also have an announcement coming up announcing our signing with a label. This label will sell music. We’re addressing the state of cultural life as it exists in this moment. The last fourty years has been characterized by a dominance of a star system in music not unlike the Holywood studio strarmaking system of the 20’s-40’s. The paradigm has been that a musician is either a star and obscenely wealthy, or not existing in the real world at all. With technology putting the means to create and record music into the hands of more people than has ever been possible before, music becomes more about ability, vision and artistry than the waning period that fell under the corporate dominance previously mentioned.

This does dovetail with the mis-named «piracy» issue, but if people are only to share the same assembly-line corporate product as is pushed on commercial radio, television and print media, then there really is no point in any of these activities. We’re bombarded by that anti-human, anti-life sewage everywhere we go anyway, so why help spread it further?

This conversation shall be continued, and watch this space for the revamped Manifestooo.

The Secret Garden of kkultture

So, the Pirate Bay guys were convicted, conversations exploded across the intarwebz, boycotts called for, demonstrations and the RIAA connected congloms are now beaming in their ill-fated hubris. Next – DdoS attack on IFPI’s site, fax attack is planned, will Anonymous stay silent?

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“This is music to the ears of the thousands of small independents and artists who produce the majority of new releases today. It demonstrates a real understanding of the dilemma that if no one pays for music today who will make the exciting new music of tomorrow? ” Helen Smith, executive director of the Independent Music Companies Association was quoted as saying.

We here at kkoagulaa headquarters will first point to the kkoagulaa Manifestoooo. We will then answer that the people making the exciting music of tomorrow will be the same people who are making the exciting music now, the same people it has always been. Thos individuals who can not live without creating, who would rather give up the air they breathe, food and shelter than find something else to do.

The major label system and the copyright laws they have manipulated over the last couple decades is already dead and its bloated corpse is spreading disease. That the corporations are shown to supersede the autonomy of Sweden is worrying, though. The whole history of extra-legal manipulation and harassment of the Pirate Bay is fraught with bribery, circumvention of law and plain illegal tactics. One could hope to see this decision overturned, but as the raping of international commerce by banks with the assistance of every government in the developed world shows, the entire world is in the grip of a corporate oligarchy.

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Government is merely a shiny thing to distract the populace. {S}megacorp media and entertainment are part of the spectacle, mass market music, news, film and television exist for the same reason, the different colors on the packaging are just to give the illusion of choice.

There is a thought that occurs to me as I drive past the many gated communities in this ritzy area of Florida. I’m glad the real estate speculators, Disney executives and yuppies are walled in and kept safely from the rest of us. We just need to lock the gates from the outside. I would love to see the major labels and movie studios come up with the perfect impregnable DRM, so they can be left to rot within their walled gardens.

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Let it not be said that kkoagulaa are against labels and artists trying to arrive at a circumstance where they can concentrate on their life’s work. We will be announcing a label soon, and the creativity and openness, the ability and willingness to use new approaches will be important factors in our choice of partnership. Don’t forget, everyone is a part of kkoagulaa, from the coked-up MAFIAA lawyer, to the torrenting kid, to the buzzards circling above waiting for that moment when culture and the human spirit expires. Carrion birds in flight who shall never land.

kkoagulaa: Art At the End of the World

Like rabbits in the headlights curators, heads of art institutions and high earning artists find themselves under the wheels of cataclysm. In this they joined ranks with financial experts, journalists and politicians in being caught unaware of the approach of the inevitable. Sources of funding are drying up for large scale exhibitions and when the artist has the means to pay for 100kg of gold bricks, he may find the gold purchased frozen as part of an SEC investigation.

Art as a means of winning the artist favor by flattering the ruling class is nothing new, nor is “transgressive” art acting as a pressure release valve for disaffection, nor art as an accessory to power and glamorous lives. In the will to join that privileged table of the powerful, and the implied promise of that possibility for all being the central theme of popular culture and marketing, the treadmill driving all that grinds down the human spirit is kept moving by those who have least to gain from it. One may ask what we need the art that has dominated the international press and aspirations in the past 20-30 years when we have the fashion industry who have always and always do glamor and fuel aspiration better than art ever can.

The economies of western nations have been removed from their foundations stone by stone and thrown upon quicksand. The illusion of stability and growth wa achieved by adding to the pile at a reate greater than the pile was sinking into the ground. Now we’ve tossed in the last of the structure and are standing on the quickly dampening furniture and drapes.

The last depression ushered in a period of pure fantasy and grand spectacles, this one may bring an end to the international art equivalent or we may see a revival of the ghost of Busby Berkeley. It could be said that it’s early days yet, but it’s later than anyone is admitting. In the US, the apparent desparation of PBS, that mainstay for arts coverage has degenerated into repeated airings of Yanni, Celtic Woman, Il Divo and seminars with the Rich Dad guy. In Central Florida, these programs are repeated ad nauseum accompanied by fundraising breaks at least once a month, if not every other week. The viewers contributions pay for three hour long commercials for tours of the abovementioned soul-sucking anti-musicians. The avenues of cultural broadcasting and coverage can’t afford to aim as high as middle-brow anymore. In going down that road, they are eliminating their reason for being and asking that the plug be pulled when the time comes. And last year the ICA replaced the finance director with an ex hedge fund manager. Talk about taking arsenic as an antidote for cyanide.

Is it any wonder people are trading photos of modern ruins and creating active communities to share and discuss abandoned places and pohotos thereof? Is it a perverse solace being found in the frightful catharsis a gallery of grotequeries brings or is a yearning for somthing other than what is on offer from the status quo? Could this phenomenon be a wish for escape from stifling order that mark post-production economy, manufactured desire and the standardization of life that civilization has degenerated to in the Anglo-American world?

We saw this economic crisis coming Art as we know it is finished proclaimed Jonathan Jones on his blog a headline that was met with a chorus of «about bleeding time»:

The economic collapse is hitting the art world in some surreal ways. Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles has just had to postpone a planned exhibition, by the maverick performance and conceptual artist Chris Burden, that involves the use of 100kg of gold bricks. Gagosian purchased these – wow! How much does 100kg of gold bricks even cost? – from a company called Stanford Coins and Bullion. This company is a subsidiary of Stanford Financial Group, that is, it’s part of the empire of Texas financier Allen Stanford who is now at the centre of a massive fraud investigation. Now, announces Gagosian, “the gallery’s gold has been frozen while the SEC investigates Stanford.”

Now, this is delicious! Well, the very cream of the econimic crap escaped with trillions, as they always have. As a realtor said to me during the recession of the -90’s, you know, the one bred in the farmyard of the Other Bush? The high end is always there. The overextended yuppie may be losing hir house and expensive car, but those who pulled the levers that unleashe this flood are white water rafting on the crest of the wave and will be buying up dead assets with your money. It has all been done proclaim pomo artists and theoriticians, but the scale and scope of the swindle is ever more spectacular. It may all have been done, but not in art, for it springs from chaos and chaos is infinite. We’ve had our imaginations hijacked and our lives have been mapped out for us, but the lo0nger and more pervasive standardization of society, economy and culture becomes, the longer this standardization is carried out, the more harrowing will our witnessing the chaos denied flooding our streets, crashing over our plans, our medicated, mediated minds and edifices be. This is the time when creation is not only possible, it is inevitable, all-powerful and sacred. It’s time to make something for ourselves.

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Welcome to Year Zero.

kkoagulaa – podkkast – Aurum Nostrum I

solve et coagula
dissolve and coagulate
separate and join together
solve or solutio – the breaking down of elements
coagula – their coming together
in the process of transmuting base metal into gold
or arriving at the philosopher’s stone

kkoagulaa vs. Altermodern

Refer to the earlier post: (The Avant-Garde Will Eat Itself, or on a clear day you can see Jörmungandr choking on his own tail)

And let’s talk about this.

Avant-garde (pronounced /ɑvɑ̃ gɑʁd/) in French means “front guard”, “advance guard”, or “vanguard”.[1]experimentalart and culture. The term is commonly used in French, English, and German to refer to people or works that are or innovative, particularly with respect to art and culture.

Banks Violette (born 1973, Ithaca, New York) is an artist based in New York.

Death metal, ritual murder and teenage suicide are starting points for Banks Violette. His work is notable for combining references to excess from youth culture with minimalist form, often using glossy black and ghostly white materials. Citing examples where musical lyrics become instigating factors to real-life violence, Violette refers to an over-identification with fiction, where fantasy and reality are blurred.

Hmmm… The Market As Performance Art, Art As Commodity, taste makers seeking for a raison d’etre, journo’s and commentators whipping themselves into a froth. Case in point: Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, an event, a declaration and a curator that have the art press twisting themselves inside out. Postmodernism has died a thousand deaths, but we do wait for curators at large institutions in visionary and creative stasis to tell us when the nightmare is over before we accept it.

This connects with an article I posted to Alterati.com around the wild and wooly entertainment spectacular that was the 2008 US election. Admittedly, I held the thing together with spit and duct tape, but those protest didn’t turn out to be more than the prisoner’s last meal before execution, did they? A couple day of noise and the livestock went back to their pens and accepted whatever was handed to them as slops.

What is this all about?

Well, what is presented by living artists at such edifices as the Tate is art sanctioned by the moneyed classes, it either confirms or showcases their control and soothes their sensibilities, or is “edgy” and “provocative” in the same way the jesters filled that function at court. The middle-class identified are often thrown a bone to keep them coming, and to move them to pledge to institutions in the US. (“Middle-class identified includes the actual middle class, but also those who are not middle class financially. There are those groups of low wage earners who don’t get their hands dirty in their work who are encouraged to identify as  middle class to keep them on the hamster wheel, as well as retail management proxies who kept the appearance of financial comfort by buying into the credit ponzi scheme which has been the illusion of prosperity from Reagan up to the recent bank and credit collapse.)

Through a hollowing out of the body of art as a vital and living force juxtaposed the harrowing evil that is represented by Thomas Kinkade on one side with “pile of sticks in the corner” art and “chocolate sauce enema while whistling Dixie” performances on the other. Of course, the hip and precious have been delighting in a sort of representative painting in the guise of a very Satanic flavor of kitsch in the last few years. (wink, wink, aren’t we clever and detatched…)

We’re happy to see so many people discussing art this past week, but will this conversation lead to anything meaningful? The herd of artists and institution is about to be thinned through the loss of carreerists, speculators and glamour-chasing poseurs to whatever will give them money and attention, wait and see.

Excellent.

What we present here is our answer to the Altermodern Manifesto with the kkoagulaa manifesto, which preceded the grand Altermodern declaration by many months and which we declare to be more revolutionary, more comprehensive and a million times more relevant, for it was screamed from the wilderness.

And next up will be our answer to Jonathan Jones’ wailing cry that:

Art as we know it is finished

A new modernity is emerging, reconfigured to an age of globalisation – understood in its economic, political and cultural aspects: an altermodern culture

Increased communication, travel and migration are affecting the way we live

Our daily lives consist of journeys in a chaotic and teeming universe

Multiculturalism and identity is being overtaken by creolisation: Artists are now starting from a globalised state of culture

This new universalism is based on translations, subtitling and generalised dubbing

Today’s art explores the bonds that text and image, time and space, weave between themselves

Artists are responding to a new globalised perception. They traverse a cultural landscape saturated with signs and create new pathways between multiple formats of expression and communication.

The Tate Triennial 2009 at Tate Britain presents a collective discussion around this premise that postmodernism is coming to an end, and we are experiencing the emergence of a global altermodernity.

Nicolas Bourriaud
Altermodern – Tate Triennial 2009
at Tate Britain
4 February – 26 April 2009

thee kkoagulaa manifestoooo (Alpha Test)

This statement will evolve as we evolve, as you respond and remix it, as worlds collapse and return…

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This manifesto is a living document, constantly evolving, part of the process of art itself. kkoagulaa is a living, constantly evolving entity, a shout from the mountaintop proclaiming the primacy of the act of creation.

All life is a collage of every form that has been engaged in a dance with the chaos that calls forth new forms. Order dissolves into chaos and then collapses into a higher form of order. This holds true for galaxies, ecosystems, empires and civilizations. The Universe, society, culture manifests in eternal change, and so should music and art.

The artifacts of kkoagulaa too are not so many calcified forms, but moments of the process of discovery captured. In a time when the business and cultural role of music and art is becoming increasingly destabilized, a quickening of chaotic activity ends up opening up new possibilities. This period of chaos before new structures coalesce into the next orthodoxy, before a possible return to and strengthening of corporate hegemony, the creative community has an opportunity to stretch out beyond safe art and safe social functions.

Better still, we see an opportunity to include everyone when we talk about the creative community. Not in theory, not as a fluffy bromide to flatter an “audience” or a way to make “customers” feel included in something when they’re nothing but another resource to be exploited. Art exists for you to shape it, hijack it and remake, remix, reiterate and even reject it. It is for you to inspire thought, critical thinking, re-consideration.

You are part of kkoagulaa. Your grandma is a node of kkoagulaa. Your cat is integral to kkoagulaa. Art is commentary on society and culture, whether it is intended to or not. We have been sold a notion that art is something the majority is to sit back and passively observe, if art plays a role in daily life at all. It is vital that you reject that notion. Throw it out, public, go on, take the next step.

kkoagulaa declares that society, culture and all actions in space-time are examples of art, and by extension magic, the continued creation of the Universe. All life, all processes, all art and the Universe is partially finished. Nothing will be done until the Universe collapses in on itself. And even then, the process begins anew.

You create the patterns you see in everything you behold, hear, touch and think about. You create the meaning of a work of art. By looking at it, listening to it, reflecting on it, you complete the creative act. should you take that symphony, piece of writing or painting and add your own touch, cut it up and recombine the elements, you bring the process further.

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Further Reading:

http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/tate_triennial_2009/

http://www.frieze.com/blog/entry/altercritics/

http://stewarthomesociety.org/blog/?p=550

http://moot-blog.blogspot.com/2009/02/altermodern.html

http://www.alterati.com/blog/?p=2093

http://imomus.livejournal.com/440487.html

http://imomus.livejournal.com/440637.html

http://imomus.livejournal.com/441059.html

http://imomus.livejournal.com/441132.html

zona vigilada

- ccernn

MediaDefender attacks a legitimate Internet TV company

I find this first one interesting, for I*’ve been unable to pull up a well known site I occasionally contribute to, something that started happening after they had a denial-of-service attack:

via BoingBoing:

MediaDefender, the thugs paid by the entertainment industry to spy on file-sharers and attempt to cripple file-sharing networks, attacked a legitimate Internet TV company called Revision3 over the weekend, launch as massive denial-of-service attack in retaliation for having their spy-bots locked out of R3’s BitTorrent trackers:

Revision3 runs a tracker expressly designed to coordinate the sharing and downloading of our shows. It’s a completely legitimate business practice, similar to how ESPN puts out a guide that tells viewers how to tune into its network on DirecTV, Dish, Comcast and Time Warner, or a mall might publish a map of its stores…

Link if you can view it. (I know I’m blocked. And I’m not within the Great Firewall ov China…)

So, if you’re a legitimate company using new delivery technologies, you may find yourself in a war with failing, bloated corporate entities that do not have the wherewithal to create anything worth buying. We need a new internet and not invite the cartels to the party.

I predict these DOS attacks are going to become more of an issue, for media startups, new technologies, and believe it, alternative news sources.

Open source culture, open source news, open source society, open source meme warfare.

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