Aikamme estetiikka: kapitalistinen realismi (2017) Anna Tuori & Aleksis Salusjärvi. The criticism of boring artist is appealing but the rest of the text is silly and echoes a besserwisser mindset. It fails to provoke because many of the claims are inaccurate. The text is fueled with a hatred towards computers and tactical artist who succeed in renewing and maintaining their practice despite current cultural schemes. I don’t think we need culture journalism which attempts to convince audiences about the intrinsic value of art – We need cultural journalism to make sense of the world (with art as a collaborator when possible and sensible). Salusjärvi has made a career as a protector of the autonomy of the arts, but I’d much rather read texts in which he would analyse the world in an equal partnership together with artworks. Art it not a weekling. The text makes me think that culture journalists frame themselves as champions for the autonomy of arts primarily because it helps them to protects their jobs.
Culture journalist need art more then artist need culture journalists. #ॐ
Listening to noise or ambient is scary. I’m sometimes afraid that the musician is faking it and tricking me, playing games with my lack of taste and testing me. Watching a noise/ambient gig live doesn’t help.. The PA of the venue alone has such a powerful impact that I can’t recognize which part of the acoustic experience is rooted on the musicians expression and what is a result of the volume/acoustics/resonances. The best way to experience music is by participating to it by dancing or playing along. Unfortunately opportunities to do this are rare. I guess this is why I’ve grown fond of instrument demo videos. They feel honest.. I like videos in which musicians experiment with the technical properties of effects pedals etc. My position as an audience is clear and the sonic experience is not presented as “art”. This makes it easy to enjoy new sounds. Listening to effect pedal demo videos is the best route in developing acoustic awareness which is not dependent on interpretation of the artists motives. Effect pedal demo videos form the basis of a natural ecology of un-natural machine made sounds.