“the erosion and denigration of the singular or the extraordinary was announced by the man without qualities: “perhaps it is precisely the petit-bourgeois who has the presentiment of the dawn of a new heroism, a heroism both enormous and collective, on the model of ants.” [1]

05/01/2012 § Leave a comment

gianni pettena , wearable chairs (1971)

 

continuation of the title:

and indeed, the advent of this anthill society began with the masses, who were the first to be subjected to the framework of levelling rationalities.  the tide rose.  next it reached the managers who were in charge of the apparatus, managers and technicians absorbed into the system they administered; and finally it invaded the liberal professions that thought themselves protected against it, including even men of letters and artists.  the tide tumbles and disperses in its waters works formerly isolated but today transformed into drops of water in the sea, or into metaphors of a linguistic dissemination which no longer has an author but becomes the discourse or indefinite citation of the other.

– michel de certeau [2]

 

as recently stated (see previous post) i’m stuck on the exhibit dance works i now showing at the walker art center.  matt olson pointed out how the chair in merce cunningham’s antic meet reminded him of this gianni pettena piece which took place in minneapolis 13 years later.  maybe gianni had no idea, or maybe he did.  either way i had to re-post it.

 

lost in indefinite citation

a young hare

 

 

notes:

[1]     certeau, michel de. the practice of everyday life. berkeley, calif. u.a.: univ. of california, 2008. print.

[2]     ibid

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