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Welcome all!

Post by e_dog » October 3rd, 2004, 7:16 pm

Welcome to "the Anti-Academy" -- or shall i say "the (anti)Academy?!" -- the full subtitle of this studio is: aesthetics or philosophy of art; cultural and literary theory; and critical social thought. thus the discussion range is wide and hopefully the discussion will be invigorating but aboive all, joyous.

my moderating function will i hope be slight to nil (i am opposed to censorship as a firm mater of principle, though all principles can run up against their limits).

i expect to post an original essay and/or discussion topic, roughly each week, to which comments and discussion are encouraged. discussion can branch off from there, but also everyone is encouraged to start discussions from topics of their own devising.
so, feel free to post a question or message to start a discussion on any topic that is related to the themes mentioned above and in what follows.

some suggested themes and problems for discussion (some are obvious questions, though have provided endless room for debate throughout the ages; others reflect concerns of noticably recent vintage):

What is art? What do we mean by "art"?

What is poetry? What is literature?

How are the various arts -- such as painting, music, poetry, drama, pottery, sculpting, dance -- similar and different from one another?

What is the role of the artist in society? How does politics impact art (and vice versa)?

How are art and technology related? What distinguishes art from science?

What is "modern art"? What is postmodernism?

What makes artistic and literary movements succeed or not?

How do the categories -- at various levels -- that we use in describing art, affect the ways we perceive it (e.g. the concept of "beauty" or "surreal" or "absurd" or "meaning")?


all of these questions are distinct yet they are all interrelated. how? that is what we hope to work out. of course, these are only a few questions and they are notably abstract. we can of course ask and discussion more concrete topics as well.

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Post by Doreen Peri » October 4th, 2004, 10:42 pm

e-dog - I'm very much looking forward to the discussions in this forum! I love the idea and the questions you've posed in this announcement get me thinking and inspire me to write about these topics! I'm sure there will be some lively debates and intriguing discoveries here. Thanks for wanting to be a part of studio eight! this is what it's all about.....

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Post by stilltrucking » November 11th, 2007, 9:01 am

sounds like a good program


This bit here
will be invigorating but aboive all, joyous.

It is hard to get too joyous about Freud. And quite a few posts here have been about Freud . Although Freud did say that the best he could do was make unconscious misery consciouss. I suppose you can say that is joyous.

You shocked me when you said Freud was the most important/influential? thinker of he twentieth century. I think of him as a student of culture. And he was pretty damn pessemistic about European culture in his later life.




another day
another ramble
sorry e-dog.
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Post by e_dog » November 11th, 2007, 5:54 pm

Freud Is Dead.
Long Live God.
I don't think 'Therefore, I am.' Therefore, I am.

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Post by stilltrucking » November 11th, 2007, 6:53 pm

God is doing just fine. He got millions, billions of people ready to kill and die for him.


Are you sure Freud is dead? I hear from him more often than I hear from god.

What is the future of an illusion?

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Post by e_dog » November 11th, 2007, 9:42 pm

Mister Freud, he dead.

(sucking too many ci-gars.)

The whore.
The whore.


-- Heart of Darkness, definition of tha unconsci-ous.
I don't think 'Therefore, I am.' Therefore, I am.

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Post by stilltrucking » November 12th, 2007, 7:08 am

"the worm at the core of human awareness is death"

"That great whore, Reason"
A poem on pretending to understand: Bokonon

Tiger got to hunt,
Bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder, "Why, why, why?"

Tiger got to sleep,
Bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
Other times it is a slow painful death.
Can we get beyond the pleasure principle?

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Re: Welcome all!

Post by Doreen Peri » May 28th, 2011, 1:58 pm

Where are you!? Get back here, dawg! :mrgreen:

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Re: Welcome all!

Post by e_dog » August 5th, 2011, 6:06 pm

im back from the dead.

hot down there whew!
I don't think 'Therefore, I am.' Therefore, I am.

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