Friday, September 05, 2008

Random Noun Generation

This is what passes for descriptive discourse in the art world:
[From the exhibition text for Anish Kapoor's show in Munich's Haus der Kunst (2007/08):] "In Kapoor's work, material plays a central role, although always in connection with an idea of presence and spirituality that transcends the superficial 'actuality' of the object. In Kapoor's words: 'In a certain way matter always leads to something immaterial.' He sees this as the fundamentally paradoxical yet complementary proviso of the material world. (...) Terms like lightness, slowness and growth seem to be the inspiration and driving force for Kapoor's new kinetic objects and spacial objects shown in this exhibition. At the root of them all is Kapoor's expression of anxiety through unabashed emblems and formal reference to sexuality and violence: the unspeakable is given voice."
Beyond the amazement that should accompany reading so many words strung together grammatically yet completely avoiding meaning, it is worth noting the nearly perfect approximation of most religious writing.

I suspect the similarity is not accidental.


Blogger erp said...

Thank the MLA.

September 06, 2008 6:27 AM  
Blogger David said...

Kapoor is responsible for the mirrored lima bean in Chicago (Cloud Gate, officially), which is pretty cool.

September 06, 2008 6:50 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Unabashed Emblems would be an excellent name for a rock band.

September 06, 2008 9:27 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

My original suggestion was Random Abstract Noun Generator, which has a nice RANG to it, don't you think.

I like it better than Random Noun
Generator, because it lends itself to an easily promoted acronym and associated action, RANG Analysis.

It would be cool if the blogosphere took up Eagar's RANG Analysis -- eventually, I suppose, ERA -- as shorthand for something that does not yet have a name -- illiterary criticism, especially since my name is not going to be associated with the World Food Prize.

September 06, 2008 3:53 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Also, RANG is close to RAND, which provides an analytical halo effect.

September 06, 2008 4:13 PM  

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