|Read while at Victrola.
||[Jun. 8th, 2005|12:34 pm]
Art, I suppose, is only for beginners, or else for those resolute dead-enders, who have made up their minds to be content with the ersatz of Suchness, with symbols rather than with what they signify, with the elegantly composed recipe in lieu of the actual dinner.|
- Aldous Huxley (from Doors of Perception)
I agree with the idea of it. I understand the point it is making. Still, it seems like art so much more than a representation of symbolic reality. I don't think it's any more meaningful than reality (even a reality aided by mesculin, as he's writing from) but I do think that the placement of art on a pedestal - despite all the problems and elitist assumptions it creates - allows us to step back, gain perspective and take a fresh view of something which may well otherwise be disregarded as mundane or common place.
I like art, but it can be a substitute for lived, direct experience, thus I think that it needs to be knocked off it's pedestal now and then. For instance, I much prefer real life to the movies, and there have been periods of my life where I went years without watching a movie.
Agreed. And, in fact, let's not even limit it to art. Any level of abstraction. This dialog, LiveJournal; it's a prime example. I value it, but it's a surrogate for real life.
I agree that lj is lame. Due to odd circumstances in my life, I am stuck in the burbs and work from home. In the past I was in school, worked meatspace jobs, or was living in big cities, where if I wanted social contact I could hang in a cafe and chat with real people. I really need to make the effort to drive into town more.
That's largely why I'm down here at victrola; it's nice to have people around and background noise while working. I don't know if being on the computer defeats that purpose; I suspect it does in part.
When I lived on Cap Hill I used to take a book and hang out at all the coffee shops. I miss that life.
It's scary how many people are on lj. I go to clubs and I recognize people from their icons.
btw, do you know poae and gmoryx IRL?
Nope. They are friends of friends. I always miss them at parties.
I happen to know them personally so I thought we might have mutual IRL friends.
2005-06-09 01:24 am (UTC)
Small world! Or small town, as the case may be.