File spoon-archives/avant-garde.archive/avant-garde_1998/avant-garde.9808, message 24

Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 02:02:54 -0400
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.
Wasn't just for this reason that the situationiste formulatedf  detouerment
as both a critical and self-critical  practice

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