For pure spirits, the coupling of art and money is abject. Art is antithetical to the market in that the latter apparently reduces something exceptional to a simple commodity.
"I frequently hear the question, ‘what do these images mean?’ This is simply the wrong question. Visual images do not have to conform to either verbal thinking or optical facts. A better question would be, ‘do these images convey any emotional truth?"
— Adolph Gottlieb
"The ultimate hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently." - David Graeber
Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It's the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.
"We get sick of ourselves before the world can even see us."
- Jericho Brown on writing poem after poem that is about the same topic - end of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tB_659h9nA&t=2745s
“The best way to complain is to make things.” James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
from the IC/weekly brief
“To document,” Jurgenson writes, “is to be involved with our own experience instead of passively letting it float by.”