I love [Nicki Minaj’s] conscious reverse-gaze/subjectification of bodies.
why does tumblr think that nicki minaj is like fucking Louis Althusser omfg
i know it’s comforting to convince yourself that famous people secretly believe in tumblr social justice and agree with you but you’re gonna needa remove your tinfoil hat because it turns out that entertainers are actually not trying to send you subliminal Social Justice messages
At the very moment when the artist digests the object, he is digested by society which has already found him a title and a bureaucratic function: he will be the future engineer of leisure, an activity that has no effect whatsoever on the equilibrium of social structures.
Lygia Clark, 1969 (via noceans)
Note the term ‘engineer of leisure’, an incredibly efficacious description of the role of the artist within late capitalism. Lygia Clark was affiliated with the Neo-Concretist and Tropicalia movements on Brazil in the 1960s, a pioneering performance artist whose greatest work defies the dynamic of recuperation which has encircled, drowned and de-fanged the performance art tradition.
Drawings by Laura Oldfield Ford
I went to a symposium about art of the edgelands today. Laura was one of the speakers. Her work is a socio-geographical investigation into liminal zones.
The basically tautological character of the spectacle flows from the simple fact that its means are simultaneously its ends. It is the sun which never sets over the empire of modern passivity. It covers the entire surface of the world and bathes endlessly in its own glory.
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle, Paragraph 13.