Monday, January 14, 2008

April Skies


Hand in hand in a violent life
Making love on the edge of a knife
And the world comes tumbling down

I'm in a JMC kinda' mood. Sometimes it just seems really clear how we willfully engage and seek out an ecstatic sort of suffering. When we are most alive we are closest to death. Nowhere is this more evident than in Love, which can be said to be the most primordial and definitive of all "conditions". The reconciliation and alienation with the Other is a continuously oscillating ingression into the insanity of our human telos...our intuitive grasp for purpose. The life force is beyond our ability to fully master, like a God that if seen in all it's naked glory would immolate the observer. Nevertheless, mortality is a type of immanence, especially if this suffering can be made redemptive, fully claimed and owned by the individuated self. This is the only real purpose of art.

2 comments:

JCali said...

Jacques -- Thanks for the JMC videos, one of my favorites. I'm only recently discovering that these bands had videos. This is an interesting idea, on the purpose of art. Immanence and redemption, I like it. But then might one conclude, by extension, that the value of art has nothing to do with the valuation of art? How can any standard for critique be applied to the effort of the individual to capture the divine in a material format?

On a completely unrelated note, Matt Kerr (as referenced in a later post) was a terrible soccer player. He would oftentimes miss the ball when attempting a straightforward kick or pass, resulting in an appearance of helpless flailing. Why I remember this, I have no idea.

Jacques de Beaufort said...

Yeah he sucked at soccer..
his little sister was a champion runner as I recall.
Later at UVA Matt becam increasingly eccentric and would usually run from class to class with a book bag full of all his books...about 100lbs at least.

Later I think he chilled out and got a girlfriend.

There is no standard critique of valuation. The only real currency in the arts is social cache...ie. connectedness. Which is sometimes accurate sometimes not.

It's better to enjoy or not enjoy work than to try to quantify it. This causes multiple problems.