"Nietzsche and Heidegger are largely responsible for the damned that we focus on art from the creator's point of view than the beholder's point of view. I disagree with them, and tend to see the creator of art as an especially well-equipped spectator. Nietzsche also makes it needlessly sexist by calling art focused on the spectator "woman's aesthetics," and he associates it with passivity--"
"I was drunk on intellectual construction, theory, abstract sculpture; swooping and serving crazily through uncharted sky. From that distance, all three-dimensional objects, found or constructed, sentient or inanimate, myself or others, were noumena: enigmatic entities assigned meaning by the encompassing conceptual framkework within which they are embedded."
"To dissimulate is to pretend not to have what one has. To simulate is to feign to have what one doesn’t have." One implies a presence, and the other an absence. But it is more complicated than that because simulating is not pretending: “Whoever fakes an illness can simply stay in bed and make everyone believe he is ill. Whoever simulates an illness produces in himself some of the symptoms."
Baudrillard by way of Emmanuel
The whole thing started with this idea of wanting to model an artistic practice. Not just cynically skewering art in the 21st century’s inability to make a case for its own existence (parasitic on the back of politics, history, identity, biography, and so on), but paralleling the process of pollination, shifting ideas and materials across forms and mediums.
Thysempiternus 12 years ago I had the oportunity to meet Mat Barney at his headquearters in LIC, NYC. I play in a death metal band and he flew my band from San Diego to NY to perform at a clandestine underground metal show/weird art expo sort of thing. He was genuinely friendly and even let my band stay at his 2 million dollar yatch. Him and Bjork are huge death metal fans. I hung out with him and his crew till sunsrise at a russian strip bar. It was a real honor meeting him.