File spoon-archives/avant-garde.archive/avant-garde_1998/avant-garde.9808, message 23


Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 00:16:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Avant-Garde ???


On Mon, 17 Aug 1998, malgosia askanas wrote:

> It seems to me that the problem is with the word "resistant".  Resistant
> to what?  Resistant to "recuperation" by capitalism?  Do we really care
> whether capitalism does or does not "recuperate" something?  It seems to me
> that what is at stake is something completely different than playing
> "try and recuperate that one" games with capitalism.  What _is_ at stake
> in this "resistance"?  If we conceive of "avant-garde" as being some kind of
> a machine of resistance, then we can neither build one nor recognize one
> unless we understand what it is that we want to resist, and what kind of
> machine would be capable of doing the job.
> 
	Hmmm... Resistance = preservation = conservativism ?

	A lot of anti-capitalism has a conservative implication, and is 
not very "avant-garde," which to me suggests actively creating an 
alternative, rather than trying to defend something.

	...just thinking.

George


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