Is ‘content’ a valid emotion?
I am constantly confused. I know, I know, this is vague… except, it isn’t. My brain never stops; even in my sleep I am not at rest. Pondering, wondering, imagining; these are only a few of the verbs that describe my grounds for confusion. We are constantly getting thrown so many images and concepts at us every day that the human body cannot possibly register them all. How are we supposed to cope with this overwhelming stress? Some like to drown out the pain with a glass of wine, or 5… others a bit of pot to ease the mind before bed. Regardless, we are all functioning under a system that needs a release. Sleep is just not enough anymore. It’s mad in a sense however there is no changing it. As history knows, there is never any turning back time; we can’t go back to ‘simpler’ times because arguably the technological advances of today is supposed to make our lives ‘simpler’. Irony?
In a 1934 radio interview, Gertrude Stein talks American football:
INTERVIEWER: You saw the Yale-Dartmouth game a week ago Saturday didn’t you? Did you understand that in the American way or the football way or how?
STEIN: IN the American way. The thing that interested me was that the Modern American in his movements and his actions in a football game so resembled the red Indian dance and it proves that the physical country that made the one made the other and that the red Indian is still with us. They just put their heads down solemnly together and then double over, while on the sidelines the substitutes move in a jiggly way just like Indians. Then they all get down on all fours just like Indians.
INTERVIEWER: But those jiggles are just warming-up exercises.
STEIN: It doesn’t make any difference what they are doing it for, they are just…
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I’m hangin’ on a hangover;
Five years we been over.
Ask me why I came over,
One more hit and I can own ya.
Recently, I have found out that all of the people of whom are the closest to my heart have been deceiving towards me. This was a shock. It hurt my feelings. I don’t really know what to do with myself. I don’t know who I can turn to. I feel betrayed, misled, and lied to. People have been saying one thing to my face and then doing the opposite behind my back. This might sound cliche, but I weed out the ‘bad’ friends, the untrustworthy friends, and really I thought I had a good batch of close friends who I could trust without second-guessing (this also applies to family).
Since this newfound distrust I have in my close ‘friends’, I am correlating it with Jerry Saltz idea of the ‘New Uncanny’. Which involves the theory that by Freud inventing psychoanalysis, we have become so self-aware and self-involved, that we see ourselves as God-like. As humans we instinctively live for ourselves. Although, with the New Uncanny, we see are inherently aware of this selfish behaviour. Rather than changing it, we embrace it. Saltz relates this idea directly to Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2′ music video (see article below for link).
The idea of this ‘New Uncanny’ is shown within people of today’s society. All people live for is themselves, but they are so self aware that the hurtful acts towards others do not phase them. They are more accepting of betraying others in order to gain something for themselves. It is almost as if trust and friendship doesn’t exist. We are all using each other for our own purposes. I admit, I have done such things. I am not saying I am an angel. It is simply the way that people are being raised. By being so influenced by pop culture and the idolization of celebrities, we try to become like them: self-involved, ‘perfect’, rich, famous, and important to the public eye. This obsession has created a shift in personalities where people are accepting to throw others under the bus in order to gain a spot on said hypothetical bus. If we are all fighting for a spot on this bus, only the most selfish people will progress and prosper, and that is what society has been feeding into our complex brains for many, many years.
Apparently I live under a rock, because I only recently discovered genius art critic Jerry Saltz. In this article, Saltz looks at Kanye West’s music video for “Bound 2”, a video which features West’s girlfriend, Kim Kardashian. This article takes an approach that no one has yet. He actually likes it.
I was unfortunately one of these quick-to-judge haters of the video, regardless of the fact that I am probably Kanye’s biggest fan. I was disappointed in its ‘lack’ of whatever I thought was missing. After reading this article, I realized Saltz is right. He discovers why people seem so uncomfortable with the video, and all of the ‘new’ uncanny aspects of West’s work.
As a Kanye West fan, I can’t believe I let myself forget that he does not do something artistic in any sense if it isn’t what he views as perfection. Saltz proves this by discussing the aspects that require a certain type of critical thinker to understand. The internet doesn’t understand because, really, Kanye West is an artistic genius and we are all witnesses.
Watch the music video and click on the link attached to the title to read Saltz’s article above and give me your input!
I’m in a state of disarray
Tomorrow’s stress today.
I have no time to think
so sit back and watch me sink
Ontario College of Art and Design University is an exquisite institution for the creative and imaginative people of my generation, generations past and of the future. I am now in the middle of my third year in Critical and Curatorial Practices and I really enjoy it. It is definitely safe to say that five years ago I did not expect my life to be the way it is today.
I went to OCADU with intentions of Majoring in Drawing & Painting. The week before the deadline for declaring majors, I decided to ask my mentor and good friend (and also my old high school teacher) for some advice because I was having second thoughts about D&P. I thought, “what the hell kind of job is this going to get me?” I’m extremely glad I looked into other options at OCADU and found Critical and Curatorial Practices (which I didn’t even know existed) because writing and being critical is what I enjoy doing. Not only that, but it gives me career choices other than being a freelance artist or teacher, both of which I knew were slim chances of becoming successful (especially for my talent level).
I think I have learned more from the people at my school that I have by the professors themselves. I have met a lot of different kind of people that I would have never of met otherwise since I live in such a small town. The creative and intelligent minds at OCADU have taught me many things about the art scene that I never knew. They have also taught me a lot about myself and what sort of things I believe in and want to strive for. I have made many great friends at OCADU and I am so thankful that they are in my life. The school is all about creating relationships and collaboration because those are the people you will need to know once you have graduated and you’re out and about in the ‘real’ world.
It is an amazing institution and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in art and design. It is a fun place to express yourself and be experimental about the things you are practicing.