art news & reviews & Interviews. jeff bergman, editor

135 – Collage Criticism 2

This week I am bringing back my link/ quote vehicle Collage Criticism.  The first installment is here.  The theme for this installment is disembodiment.

But the very structure of the reporting process, with its enforced proximity, can engender a precarious intimacy, even while the ultimate purpose of this intimacy—an article that is to be written by one participant about the other—is never forgotten –  Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, How “The End of the Tour” Nails an Entire Profession

Artists, who participate only in the primary sales segment of the market, are smugly sorted into four groups as — get this — poor dogs, question marks, stars, and cash cows.  Magda Sawon, Hyperallergic, Artists Are Not Kale: A Gallery Management Guide’s Many Failures

Most of these virtual universities are gone –– it costs almost $300 per month to host your own island –– but it turns out a handful remain as ghost towns.  Patrick Hogan, Fusion, We took a tour of the abandoned college campuses of Second Life.

“The Starry Night” — that instantly recognizable image, pulsating with the energy of nature — also goes by another, icier name: ObjectID 79802.  Oliver Roeder, FiveThirtyEight, A Nerd’s Guide To The 2,229 Paintings At MoMA

Since I have always preferred making plans to executing them, I have gravitated towards situations and systems that, once set into operation, could create music with little or no intervention on my part.  Brian Eno, Discreet Music liner notes

A certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect.  Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

It is a Faustian condition of space exploration that we cannot search for life on alien planets without bringing along very small amounts of very small Earth life.  Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, There’s Already Life on Mars, and We Put It There

– Jeff Bergman
   October 2015

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