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The Reading List, 2nd Edition

I decided to start keeping track of my rambling reading and to read list on this blog. You can see my first post, here: The Reading List, 1st Edition.

“Being is replaced by having, and having is replaced by appearing.” I’m mashing this up in my head with the MariKondo method, haha. And also Alonzo Bodden on Jan 19th’s episode of Wait, Wait …Don’t Tell Me! saying MariKondo method is another reason black people think white people are crazy–getting rid of perfectly good stuff. Sorry I can’t quote it directly, but I heard it on air and don’t see a transcript posted for that episode yet. This points out the privilege inherent in consumerism, for sure. More thoughts on that at a future date.

“The proliferation of images and desires alienates us, not only from ourselves, but from each other. Debord references the phrase “lonely crowds,” a term coined by the American sociologist David Riesman, to describe our atomization.”

I remember reading The Society of the Spectacle in school. Refreshing it in my mind now, 10+ years later, I see how much the Spectacle has evolved. The film They Live (1988) also comes to mind, with its OBEY billboards that certainly inspired Shepard Fairey. It’s a ridiculous movie, but fun.

“At the heart of Debord’s critique is his belief that capitalism is an inherently uncreative system. The obsession with profit demonstrably works against human interest, especially when it comes to the protection of the environment. In Comments, Debord quotes Daniel Verilhe, a representative of Elf-Aquitaine’s chemicals subsidiary, who, at a conference regarding a ban of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) argued that it would take at ‘least three years to develop substitutes and the costs will be quadrupled.’ ‘As we know, this fugitive ozone layer, so high up, belongs to no one and has no market value,’ scoffs Debord.”

  • Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies, Ed. by Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin, Open Humanities Press, London, 2015.

This is an actual book I’ve been very slowly reading, looking up a lot of words, and digesting. I was particularly struck by the Dear Climate Project posters, however, any of which you can download and maybe not print (for the environment) yourself.

Others, to Be Explored

The readings below are drawn from looking back through the Facebook Group, The Printmaking Professors Network, on posts where various printmakers are requesting readings for students on print-related topics. Phyllis McGibbon is usually killin’ it in the comments with many great suggestions, so props to her and the folks of this group!

To Be Continued!

4 thoughts on “The Reading List, 2nd Edition”

    1. orangebarrelindustries

      Awesome! Thank you! I do have one of her books here in my office, Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980-2005. It has some prints in it. I also seem to remember an Art 21 with her talking about drypoint? I’ll have to try to find that again. I remember her saying something along the lines of, “you keep making these tiny marks that are so hard to make and then they’re going to disappear anyway” though I’m sure I’m terribly misquoting haha

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