debating occupy

I would say that we are in it for the long haul. And the long haul encompasses periods of extreme reaction as well as eruptions of democratic energy and creativity. We are now living through both simultaneously. The neoliberal managerial model is increasingly discredited, even as it extends itself into every nook and cranny of life. Elites are far stupider than they need to be to keep the game going—thus the increasing technocratic brutality and political inanity of official responses to democratic challenges from below. The rest of us are waking up to the fact that we are smarter than we are allowed to be under “normal” conditions. The challenge is to build the “abnormal” conditions under which a new democratic intelligence can flourish.

The “art world” is a small sector of culture in general, but an important one. It is, among other things, the illuminated luxury-goods tip of the commodity iceberg. The art world is the most complicit fabrication workshop for the compensatory dreams of financial elites who have nothing else to dream about but a “subjectivity” they have successfully killed within themselves. Thus the pervasive necrophilia of the art system. Alfred Jarry spoke at the turn of the 20th century of a “disembraining machine.” We can speak now of a “self-embalming machine.” Hook yourself up to the drip for the antiquarian future. But now we have a chance to disconnect, with a little help taken from and given to our non-artist friends in low places.
Alan Sekula

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