DB Helps Define Zeitgeist of an Age?
This guest editorial has been written to introduce an art show at galerie-zk.de/fontaine in cooperation with Year01 (Toronto). It was originally published at http://galerie-zk.de/fontaine/ and some images (warning) linked to from galerie-zk.de contain nudity or graphic sexual content. The editorial mentions "social networks," about which we've raised questions in the past, but its larger emphasis seems to us pertinent. The Internet is causing a change in many kinds of communications, not just written ones.
Moritz Gaede contacted us about the show specifically because of terminology that the Daily Bell uses to define the "spirit of the times." In fact, he used a footnote at the bottom of his editorial citing "Reformation," linked to our definition of the Internet Reformation. We are pleased to reprint this and wish him the best of luck.
Anonymous Art in the Hive Mind?
20.12. 2011 - 11.02. 2012
In a curatorial collaboration born from a Facebook post, Galerie ZK in cooperation with Year01 (Toronto) presents a selection of anonymous artwork shared through the social networks in the fall of 2011. A revelation is blossoming in the hive mind, in the seepage and sharing of information, in the open discussions and communicative art of the digital realm.
by Moritz Gaede, Curator, Galerie ZK in Berlin
Just a few years ago, the art market was symbolically annihilated by Damien Hirst. With all the brilliance of a Goldman-Sachs scheme, Hirst got the market in such a stir over his stupendously expensive diamond skull For the Love of God that he was able to use this very market frenzy as his private auction, allegedly selling the icon of wealth as fatal bad taste for 50 million pounds directly to an 'unknown consortium,' bypassing the art market entirely. As a performance, every aspect contains meaning that wants unfolding, and leads to questions of gestalt: pixie, daemon, trickster, joker − all of them are emblems of our time.
Since then, the decline of the art market has been discussed in the press, and structural changes have obliterated thousands of workplaces. The fact that Occupy Wall Street quickly took on Sotheby's as a secondary target is another indication of collapse. Simultaneously, a fountain of creativity has erupted in the digital realm. If you are connected to critically aware people in the social networks, you will have noticed this − recontextualized and appropriated images and quotations, photo-based intermedia, video, many text-based works of brilliance, all of them shared over social networks to inspire further the revelatory big bang that is blossoming in the hive mind.
Perhaps the death of the art market has freed art.
Perhaps art is now truly becoming what you and I have known it as: anticipatory.
At some stages of what we call civilization, this accelerating game of technical superiority and dominance, there are unforeseen dimensions to the new opportunities provided by developing platforms. Some are more significant than others, and like the printing press, the internet with its open-ended connectivity and seepage of suppressed information has set a reformation1 in motion.
The explosion of revelatory visual communication that inspires this show derives in part from the blogosphere - the websites and independent news sources that have facilitated open discussions and a free exchange of information. Thanks to the fact that in the relative anonymity of the net millions have rediscovered the value of freely discussing the most vital topics, the deadly and dehumanizing influences of our industrial culture are finally being more widely recognized for what they are. ??Political correctness, a group dynamic that excludes dissenting perspectives, has not proved nearly as effective at stifling debate online as off. This alone is liberating, and the anonymous works pouring forth contain much exuberant and profound intelligence. The digital realm has not only distracted us from the world, it has also become a mirror in which our world is reflected and discussed; a contentious simulacrum, distorted by filter bubbles, smeared by the media, attacked by senators, but still proliferating, reverberating with the thrill of unfolding potential, and home to rhizomatic lifeforms like the hacker group Anonymous, who have contributed much to the year 2011. A phenomenon such as Anonymous resists categorization by its very nature, so one can only address partial aspects of it. In one such aspect, it is a contemporary Bocca della Verita, a mouthpiece for a kind of world conscience. In times of great prejudice, truth needs a mask. The open source protest group acts as a non-hierarchical organic filter. A transmission such as The Bankers are the Problem could come from anyone anywhere, but would only reach a wider audience if pushed through enough individual members' YouTube channels into the conversations taking place in the social networks.
The fountain of profound creative communication that has been pouring forth in recent years and particularly richly since September 2011 contrasts strikingly with what is referred to as the 'flood of images' in our society. This flood we are deluged by daily is pure commerce, and creative though marketing and propaganda certainly are, they exist to manipulate rather than communicate. As this is increasingly perceived, tensions rise in our world. For as much as those who have felt the oppression feel liberated, people who are clinging with white knuckles to what they were taught may be terrified and angry. Most of us when insecure are easy to manipulate as groups. The insights driving what has already been called a thought revolution, and the images and text art that are shared freely in this streaming discourse, stand out from the sanitized patter of our technoworld like an alarm clock gently intruding into a dream.
1 The Daily Bell, Glossary (Internet Reformation)
Posted by antigen on 01/02/12 08:15 PM
Excellent Editorial - Visual rhetoric is the most intellectually difficult frontier to get a handle on - but probably the most important and subversive of all frontiers. The sooner we take this bull by the horns the sooner we have a handle on determining our fate as a species. Good job.
Posted by speedygonzales on 12/23/11 12:23 AM
Funny nonsense. Try 2 explain by Hskul or Colidg grads. 0 Zero succces.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Is not nonsense. Is an attempt to make sense of the world.
Posted by Agent Weebley on 12/22/11 07:36 PM
Posted by nobody on 12/22/11 07:14 PM
oops I meant the Schiff video.
Posted by nobody on 12/22/11 06:52 PM
The year01 link is blocked for me.
Dare I ask what happened to the guy's head in the picture?
The video in the "Bankers are the problem" link had an interesting skit
and I for one would like to see a rematch between those two.
Posted by Galerie_ZK on 12/22/11 01:58 PM
a slight correction to the intro, the show is now in cooperation with Click to view link (Toronto)
Posted by Don from the Republic of Lakotah on 12/22/11 01:00 PM
Hirst ought to put a curator in formaldehyde in a vitrine and title it "The Living Dead Gatekeeper."
Posted by rossbcan on 12/22/11 12:48 PM
The internet has bypassed the "false framing of information" that MSM relies on for control and, tightened up the feedback control loop between perception and accurate understanding of reality (the physical rules relating action to consequence):
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