The World According to Kathy Acker

July 31, 2008

Not producing much as of late.; reading a lot instead.  Here’s a quote from a Kathy Acker essay on Peter Greenaway:

“In our Anglo-Saxon culture, art is increasingly confined to a world of whimsy, an amusing stock market for the rich.  There isn’t one American artist who has managed to become a spokesperson for even one segment of this culture, whose radical imaginations and perceptions haven’t been chewed into bits of baby food by the fame factory.”

Obvs, I think she’s nail-on-head, here.  Any solutions for the above problem?


8 Responses to “The World According to Kathy Acker”

  1. AdamFeldmeth Says:

    Stay in school.

  2. Will Says:

    Watch “Basquiat” again and ignore the t-shirts and shoes.
    (He’s a brand of shoes here). Also look at Banksy’s stuff.

  3. Nicholas Says:

    Yeah, stay in school is the idea. But: anthropology, sociology, or law?

  4. AdamFeldmeth Says:

    I’m dealing with the same question with different categories. I tend to look at a resume and under the “education” section think to myself as I read Bachelors here, Masters there, etc. if this person considered his/her next steps compositionally.

    Now, of course there must be some consideration: one doesn’t go to Harvard for the hot chocolate in the cafeteria. One is planning Georgetown B.A., Yale M.A., Harvard J.D., perhaps years in advance, with that big position in mind and then work towards attaining it.

    But I have a sense that while these names hold a certain set of aesthetics within their titles the educations obtained thereins hold a different set. For someone so inclined as you or I (with some creative drive and education) that “big position” tends not to be so clear, and thusly the next rung in the ladder isn’t specifically there. Too many peers I know are done–Already!? Why not shape that education section some more? Not to make a longer (more impressive) list, but a more comprehensive primer of an individual’s thinking.

    I don’t think the aesthetics of educational experience can be honed down to a color wheel. But it isn’t impossible to assess what the complimentary color could be to even out that red. Figure out what your green is.

    (This is nothing less than a short blog entry. Of a blog happening within a blog.)

  5. Nicholas Says:

    A blog within a blog is good. The problem is that “interdisciplinary” is currently a devalued word, but perfectly represents what I’d like to study: a mix of visual anthropology, ethnography, media studies, and political science. That’s hard to squeeze into one PhD program.

    (Law is in there just because I feel like one of my degrees should lead toward an actual job in some way.)

  6. AdamFeldmeth Says:

    Law may be the only one that leads you comfortably away from academia.

  7. Will Says:

    “Interdisciplinary” is devalued? I’m just now hearing about
    interdisciplinary majors offered in science, because the fields
    today’s students need to study may not exist yet, and those
    kinds of skills are necessary. Students are wary of them since
    they’re looking for straightforward career tracks, but the PhD’s
    are saying they’re going to need a wide set of skills in the
    coming decades.

    In linguistics there’s a lot of people interested in interdisciplinary
    stuff since cognitive scientists, sociologists and teachers (among
    others) are working on the same problems, just from different
    directions. “Intertextuality” is another fun idea, which is the property of having different types of genre in the same text.

    All over the place, people are finding that the old hard-and-fast
    categories just don’t work anymore. If you had a clear project
    outline, I’d definitely try pitching the interdisciplinary PhD idea
    around, especially if you find people working in a direction you
    want to go. A researcher friend is a lifeline in this world, and
    people are often kind and receptive to “I’m doing this which is
    like what you’re doing, and I have a few questions”-type emails.

  8. AdamFeldmeth Says:

    A week ago I was doing a bit of research into the D.A. degree and its development over the last forty years. I came across the PhD-PFF.

    Here’s an article that gives a comparative overview of the similarities of the two degrees:

    Both seem to be stressing the need for cross pollination at the doctoral level for our and the on-coming generations.

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