Monday, August 30, 2004

Kielen kerääjän keskustelu

Nettilehti Jacketissä Marjorie Perloffin ja Kenneth Goldsmithin keskustelu vuodelta 2002:

"[...] MP: You have often talked about the transition from the visual to the verbal arts in your work, specifically from sculpture to writing. At the same time, you often remark that visual art is far ahead of poetry, which has not yet taken advantage of the possibilities of the internet. [...]
KG: The quote to which you are referring was made by Brion Gysin in 1959 when he said that writing was 50 years behind painting. I still believe that this is true today. If we look at how easily the conventions of the art world are bent and apply those to writing, we will see how limited the world of innovative writing has been.
It’s not really a matter of form, it’s more a matter of permissions granted by any given community. The art world is very liberal in that way; the avant-garde is the mainstream as opposed to the writing world’s more oppositional situation between the mainstream and the avant-garde. In the art world, ideas are readily accepted and the hunger for the new never ends. The downside, of course, is that the voraciousness lends a short shelf life to art works and a seasonal fashion-based mentality sets in; careers often flame out quickly in the art world at a very young age. [...]"

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