Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Art at the service of real-estate speculation

Hong Kong used to be a city with a vibrant street culture. When life in the streets was so exciting, who needed museums?
So, first they had to kill all expressions of collective creativity in order to create the need for institutional and commodified forms of creativity (the museum, the concert hall) Organic, spontaneous life forms had to be replaced by their anaemic copies.

The artist becomes the high priest of this commodified society of the spectacle. In a society without "malaise"one might expect to see that "the artist is not a special kind of person, but each person is a special kind of artist."

Where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.

The spectacle in general is the concrete inversion of life.

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