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March 2018



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Consider this sentence...

"The series also provides one model for addressing the critical void that has resulted from the diminished role of print media in offering the kind of ongoing arts commentary that traditionally has helped creative communities know themselves and become known to others." Louis Corrigan, Preface to "Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape"

What does that sentence mean and what does it imply about communities and identity?

I mean, I know that communities and individuals form their identity through a dialectical process of shared narrative and contrast with the "other". But most people don't know that. It's nice to find a field of study that starts with that as an assumption and moves on from there.


You may be reading the sentence more metaphysically than it was meant (for once). Louis basically wrote that there isn't much art criticism being published in hard-copy publications (print magazines), and because there isn't any commentary about the various art communities around the world, people don't know that many of the communities exist, and the communities don't have any perspective from which to question themselves about what they are doing and why they are doing it and how it stacks up against what the rest of the world is doing. Publishing a book that sets the Atlanta art scene in context allows for the beginning of a dialogue within the community and with the rest of the world.

This has a good many larger implications, but the sentence itself is pretty much a hands-on remark about a practical problem, how to be known by others when you exist in a largely unrecognized (art) community. This is a variation on the enormous existential problem that all of us face, of course.
First of all I want you to know that I purchased this book solely because it contains an essay by you. I enjoy reading your LJ so much I wanted to read a longer more formal piece of your writing.

I don't think I was reading more into the sentence than what you said. What so delighted me about that sentence is that, in the arts community, knowing yourself and being known by others is seen as a practical problem that is addressed through dialog with others.

In my experience outside of the the arts community, and some specialized fields of academia, the idea that identity is formed through dialog and contrast with one's peers is something that needs to be explained and argued.

It's part of why I enjoy reading your LJ posts. You start with assumptions that I worked very hard to achieve and go on from there. I understood what Louis was saying. But what you consider "a hands-on remark about a practical problem", most of my friend found incomprehensible. (Although the sentence is taken out of context. They might have done better if they read the whole piece.)

We do know ourselves through conversation with others. So if the others that one is in dialog with can't move beyond a certain level of conversation then it is very hard to do it alone.

I just get very excited when I find people having a conversation that starts in a place most of my conversations never even get to.