Re: Academic or Not?

Subject: Re: Academic or Not?
From: Alexandra Hettergott (
Date: Sat Jul 10 1999 - 15:53:49 EDT

J.-F. Lyotard opposes academism and kitsch... Yet I am sure that the question of what
does make art to be art can be applied to either of both sides. Academism, well, no
doubt, yet with the sole comment that I don't like the self-righteous position in
(the so-called) academic creation. Yet is elaborated kitsch still kitsch ? (except
the (being out of) question that every taste has a right by itself), bearing, again,
(two) aspects of
(1) [artificialization] - a recontextualization (e.g., of neo-sth clichés), e.g., by
means of an exposing of the weak in either a negative or a positive way ;
(2) [commercialization] - functional design, hence a product intentionally designed
to a certain end ; which can be looked at from two different sides, again, one
(a) being that it can be understand as a broadening, even a trivialization of (the
principles of) art ; and, on the reverse side (b) as an (artistic) upgrading of
everyday life ((mass) products) -- (in a very positive sense) a culinaric
ornamentation of ordinary life by means of a (subliminal) propagation of art
principles --, mixing (psycho-artistic) know-how with market principles... -- yet,
who cares ? (except the ought-to-be disadvantaged ones) ;
(3) still speaking of kitsch, yet also here a (hybrid) mixture of both the
recontextualization (making use of the, by definition, yet inherent meta-level
aspect) and the functionalism is imaginable...
So, in short, Imo, that it does depend on from what side one does regard a given
something... ; getting personal advantage out of art production is, perhaps, no
artistic, yet an entirely human aspect...
In a very general sense,
Alexandra Hettergott.

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