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 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


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 - 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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