Naked Intensity, Saul Leiter’s Painted Nudes — “Unlike Adam, who is made of the dust of the earth, Eve is made of the very material of Adam’s body. She is unique among all the creatures in the Garden, for she is not entirely of God, but of Man”, Mona Gainer-Salim pic.twitter.com/mBX4o9BYwG
— Dana Abramovic (@geapardy) January 26, 2019
https://t.co/fP1gG0PYYk The question today is not democracy or dictatorship. The question that history has put on the agenda reads: bourgeois democracy or socialist democracy #ConquestofDough pic.twitter.com/13Jom03lfQ
— RogerGLewis (@PMotels) January 26, 2019
George Grosz in 1921
Georg Ehrenfried Groß
July 26, 1893
|Died||July 6, 1959 (aged 65)|
|Nationality||German, American (after 1938)|
|Known for||Painting, drawing|
|The Funeral (Dedicated to Oscar Panizza)|
|Movement||Dada, New Objectivity|
George Grosz (German: [ɡʁoːs]; born Georg Ehrenfried Groß; July 26, 1893 – July 6, 1959) was a German artist known especially for his caricatural drawings and paintings of Berlin life in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the Weimar Republic. He immigrated to the United States in 1933, and became a naturalized citizen in 1938. Abandoning the style and subject matter of his earlier work, he exhibited regularly and taught for many years at the Art Students League of New York. In 1959 he returned to Berlin where he died.
In the last months of 1918, Grosz joined the Spartacist League, which was renamed the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) in December 1918. He was arrested during the Spartakus uprising in January 1919, but escaped using fake identification documents. In 1921 Grosz was accused of insulting the army, which resulted in a 300 German Mark fine and the destruction of the collection Gott mit uns (“God with us”), a satire on German society. In 1928 he was prosecuted for blasphemy after publishing anticlerical drawings, such as one depicting prisoners under assault from a minister who vomits grenades and weapons onto them, and another showing Christ coerced into military service. According to historian David Nash, Grosz “publicly stated that he was neither Christian nor pacifist, but was actively motivated by an inner need to create these pictures”, and was finally acquitted after two appeals. By contrast, in 1942 Time magazine identified Grosz as a pacifist.
Transcript of Zizecks discourse on toilets and ideology.
And Here, I came to think of the toilets in America France and Germany. They make up a semiotic triangle that correlates exactly to Levi Stauss´triangle, so we also have an excrement triangle.
Now the German toilets are built in a way that excrement falls on a flat surface at the back and is flushed through a hole at the front. This way you are directly confronted with excrement – and you can see whether you have worms etc. This is a German ritual.
The French toilets have the opposite system: the hole is bigger and at the back so excrement can fall directly into the hole and vanishes immediately.
The American variant is a kind of a correlative of Levi-Strauss´ cooked
food, combining the elements: the excrement remains, but it floats in the water.
I had a look at some books on the topic and came to the conclusion that every nation believes their system makes most sense. But clearly, a complex system is at work here. And if I am to carry on with this nauseous example: friends from Vienna told me that in avant-garde student circles the pubic haircut was strictly codified. There is the triangle, the New-Age hippy way, where everything grows profusely, the yuppie way, where only a small strip may be visible, ant the punk style with pubic hair clean-shaven and rings hanging in the clitoris etc.
I am always fascinated by the underlying ideologies. And here is the right answer for Lyotard and all those who say : the end if ideology, period. Yes, but as soon as you flush the toilet, you´re right in the middle of ideology.
Most intellectual progress and comprehension of complex
phenomena cease once the mind deludes itself into
believing it has uncovered a Holy Grail or an eternal truth.
Any meaningful analysis of reality must consider all such
so-called truths as merely tentative expedients.
-Wilson Bryan Key, Subliminal Seduction