Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound


Subject: Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound
From: Michael Gogins (gogins@pipeline.com)
Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 21:43:39 EST


I was thinking of honesty in the artist, not in the audience. However, it's
a good question either way.

I'd say that in the audience, finding in a work of art only that which
affirms or denies one's already existing point of view is dishonest. Giving
the work of art a chance to be or say whatever... that is, actually paying
attention to it... would be more honest.

Similarly in the artist, actually. I find that metaphorically speaking,
music is what silence sings. If I listen not to myself but to silence, I
will hear the music.

This is only metaphor. I think that in actual practice, it is more of a
dialectical process. One interrogates the silence by singing a bit oneself,
and then if one listens spaciously enough, one might hear something.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eliot Handelman" <eliot@generation.net>
To: <cec-conference@concordia.ca>
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2005 10:31 PM
Subject: Re: A one-dimensional universe of sound

> Michael Gogins wrote:
>
>> About everything including art. One's honesty with respect to politics
>> carries over into one's honesty about art, for example. In some sense, a
>> person is a whole, or should be.
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> Art teaches us that people never are what they should be -- the late
> Arthur Miller was not the first in this line.
>
> Coul;d you give an example of what you mean by "being honest with art"? I
> really don't understand what you
> mean.
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> Among my choices are:
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> "honestly, that piece stank"
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> "honestly, I don't understand this piece"
>
> "honestly, I prefer the theme music for "family affair" to late Beethoven"
>
> "honestly, I did not have the emotions that seemed called for in this
> music"
>
> "honestly, I believe that secret messages are encoded in this music that
> were beamed here by certain mushrooms"
>
> etc. which? What does it mean to be honest with, say. a line of Poe or
> someone?
>
> Here's a line without which Borges says he can't imagine the world:
>
> "Ah, but bear in mind, this was an enchanted garden." (Poe)
>
> How does honesty apply here?
>
> -- eliot
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