Thursday, April 14, 2005

I Have Seen The Enemy...

...and it is theory. Once we have discredited the theorists, we will again have Truth and Morality! We will feel again. We will be better people.

I read this old article today from Salon called I Was Michel Foucault's Love Slave. It was a fun read and I know that many will enjoy it and agree with the author.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by theory, well-fed complacent leather-coated, dragging themselves through the Caucasian campuses at dawn looking for an angry signifier.

...Theory had suffused my life so thoroughly that I couldn't get laid, get drunk and get sick without paying homage to Roland Barthes' notion of the "artifice of realism" or Baudrillard's "simulacra."


Then, to round out my day, I went to theory.org.uk and checked out the Lego Foucault that came with this caption:
The lego Michel Foucault comes with a Parisian library for younger children or with the Lego San Fransico S/M Dungeon for older boys and girls.


but it only reminded me of The Block Structure Porn Series

4 Comments:

Blogger fluidthought said...

well who knew?? after all my bitching about theory and how i often find it a pain in the arse, i have to say that i love that link to theory.org - it's great - lots of good stuff there. thanks!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

hi Karen!

i'm glad that you enjoyed the link.

i think we've all had our issues with Theory. i know that i have. lately, however, after some distance from the art machine, i have come to an understanding.

i have simply replaced all instances of the words "but" and "or" with "and".

3:45 PM  
Blogger fluidthought said...

nice one - i like that approach. i agree that theory has its place - just hate when it overtakes.

have you ever read any Yve Lomax? Her book, 'writing the image - an adventure with art and theory' is one of my all-time favourites. poetically written with lots of substance. it just made so much sense to me.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Anne Walk said...

hi Karen!

no i have not read yve lomax as i have not heard of her. but, thanks to you, i will now seek her out! i always love a recommendation.

11:36 AM  

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