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It has lately turn into obvious that feedback has fallen on tough instances. both commodification is deemed to have killed it off, or it has turn into institutionally regimen. This booklet explores modern techniques that have sought to resume criticism's energies within the wake of a 'theatrical flip' in fresh visible arts perform, and the emergence of a 'performative' arts writing during the last decade or so.

Issues addressed comprise the 'performing' of art's histories; the implications for feedback of embracing boredom, distraction and different 'queer' sorts of (in)attention; and the significance of exploring writerly technique in responding to aesthetic adventure. Bringing jointly newly commissioned paintings from the fields of artwork background, functionality reports, and visible tradition with the writings of latest artists, After Criticism presents a suite of experimental essays which show how 'the severe' could continue to exist as an essential and efficacious strength inside modern culture.

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A language which doesn’t permit itself to curdle like milk”: Barthes, The Rustle of Language, p. seventy six. Gabriel Orozco in dialog with Benjamin Buchloh: Clinton is blameless, p. forty five. one hundred seventy five 22/3/04, 11:07 AM 9 176 Matthew Goulish a clear Lecture Matthew Goulish determine nine Morton Feldman, Projection 1, 1962. ©1962 through C. F. Peters company. utilized by permission. All rights reserved ACC09 176 22/3/04, 11:08 AM A obvious Lecture Arrival half 1. 1: track like a urban – 1950 identification – constitution – congruence acquaintances – deregulate – transparency – legibility – notation – id – disaster 1, 2, and three: We realize the town 1 and a pair of: We paintings no longer understanding four and five: We name it a basket three, four, and five: We inhabit the track two times half 2: disaster 1: Bubbleness (a short digression on disaster concept) 2: Lecture within the form of a Bridge Collapsing 1. we commence 2. cave in three. visibility four. uncreativity five. floodlands 6. delirium 7. transparency eight. machines nine. to think half 1. 2: tune like a urban – 2000 Departure ACC09 177 22/3/04, 11:08 AM 177 178 Matthew Goulish Arrival we have now extra time than we had. allow us to commence. allow us to comprehend each other. this is often the tip of the day. the following day we could go away early. the following day we may possibly remain. We could sit down in a ruined window and picture that we belong to those instances. This sensation, in no small measure, owes to my very own anonymity, to the incongruity of a lone determine at the steps of the station: a simple aim for oblivion. It was once a iciness evening. The sky was once jam-packed with iciness stars. this is often how I arrived within the urban. shortly a bus emerged, and a handful of individuals driven prior me to the steps of the terminal. I observed the single individual I knew within the urban. In her acceptance of me, I famous this. town was once now a urban with me in it. ACC09 178 22/3/04, 11:08 AM A obvious Lecture 179 half 1. 1: track like a urban – 1950 we commence by means of contemplating track as anything that we inhabit. we start with it encircling us. We devise paths, instructions, landmarks, modes of popularity. We trip a bicycle via it. we are saying to ourselves: a few small figures in blue, the sand is purple, a bit patch of yellow wall with a sloping roof. this can be how we should reside. In saying this we adopt an important trip, to which we turn into so accustomed that we go back and forth in our sleep. Such sleep devotes itself to the creation of reminiscence, and reminiscence has a very good wish to be understood. We pause, relaxation, and start back among 1950 and 1951 4 composers turned neighbors, observed one another continually – and whatever occurred. every one folks in his personal method contributed to an idea of track during which numerous parts have been decontrolled. simply because this tune was once no longer “fixed,” it will possibly now not be notated within the outdated approach. every one new idea, each one new suggestion inside this suggestion, prompt its personal notation. As controls are given up, those parts lose their preliminary identification. however it is simply due to this identification that those parts might be unified. in the back of it really is sound – which unifies every little thing. in simple terms via “unfixing” the weather ordinarily used to build a bit of song may perhaps the sounds exist in themselves – no longer as symbols, or thoughts of different song.

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