Michael Szpakowski
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Re: Re: Re: ART, Inc. necessary evil


of course the notion that artists should be 'as
complex as necessary but no more so' or ' they should
make their texts as easy to read as
possible without
sacrificing the meaning they are trying to convey.'
or however one chooses to put it, begs a lot of very
interesting questions about what exactly constitutes
artistic 'clarity'. I don't think a definition of this
would exclude complexity , depth or richness all of
which qualities seem to me to be pretty well
*defining* in terms of art.
I just got home from a performance of Heiner Goebbel's
'Hashirigaki' ( Brits out there -it's at the Barbican
till Saturday -buy or steal a ticket - it's
stunning!)and both of us who went agreed that we felt
the the piece achieved an enormous level of clarity
but without having a clear narrative & with a real
depth of light and shade and very wide and complex
cultural references from Brian Wilson to kabuki ( and
which tellingly in this context never came over as
clever-clever or showing off)
I'd have to do a lot of thinking to articulate why I
can justify that feeling of clarity but I'm convinced
I could. I'm convinced thee are hard won but
relatively clear words that would explain this
feeling.
As for philosophers Curt - don't let them off the
hook! -actually they and politicians and cultural
commentators and sociologists &c&c should be granted
*less* licence than artists in my view.
best
michael

--- "t.whid" <twhid@mteww.com> wrote:
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> On Tuesday, November 19, 2002, at 05:22 PM, curt
> cloninger wrote:
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> > t:
> > should philosophers make their texts easy to read
> so that the general
> > public can understand it?
> >
> > c:
>
> >
>
> hah! can't argue with that. of course a writer
> should attempt to be
> clear. artists have the privilege of being ambiguous
> tho.
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Re: Re: Re: ART, Inc. necessary evil


<At 4:32 PM -0800 11/19/02, -IID42 Kandinskij @27+
wrote:

Absolutely. Cater to thelowest common denominator.
Simplistic flatness uber alles.

`, . ` `k a r e i' ? ' D42>
gosh! is he still there? zzzzzzzzz.
Michael

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Re: Re: Re: ART, Inc. necessary evil


<... should make their texts as easy to read as
possible without sacrificing the meaning they are
trying to convey...>
excellent! -it should be a kind of hippocratic oath
for artists , philosophers and politicians.
..and how easy to encapsulate thusly and how difficult
to do!
Michael

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