Process Aesthetics, Eternal Networks,
Ready-Made Everyday Actions, and Other
Potentially Dangerous Drugs
found here at
... point that I want very much to establish is that the choice of these "ready-mades" was never dictated by aesthetic delectation. The choice was based on a reaction of visual indifference with a total absence of good or bad taste in fact a complete anesthesia.
[too much eYe candy in this ole'world] [UncleSelavie]
... the danger of repeating indiscriminately this form of expression and decided to limit the production of "ready-mades" to a small number yearly. [yearly ready-made Limited inc.]...was aware at that time that, for the spectator even more than for the artist, art is a 'habit-forming drug'
[think of that poem by Tzara where he says the poet is a pharmacist; derrida's work on plato's pharmakon_ word as drug_forgetfulness of memory]and I wanted to protect my "ready-mades" against such contamination ... .. Marcel Duchamp
"In "An Introduction to Dada" originally published as an insert to Robert Motherwell's influential 1951 edition of The Dada Painters and Poets, Tristan Tzara presents a number of statements on the interrelationship posed between art and life that coincide, to an uncanny extent, with Robert Filliou's 1963 definition of the "Eternal Network." Tzara insists that participants in Dada "had repudiated all distinction between life and poetry"  and had determined that "the real aim of art (was) integration with the present-day world."  Although this posteriori reflection is specific to the actions of a World War I era avant-garde, it further corresponds to myriad mid-century artistic strategies that revolved around the so called "art/life dichotomy" including the environments and happenings of Allan Kaprow, the correspondence networks of Ray Johnson, Fluxus, the Nouveaux Réalistes, and Arte Povera. Furthermore, an expanding community of contemporary artists continues to rally around a banner dedicated to the inseparableness of art and life. Tzara explained that participants in Dada sought to integrate art with their present day world because "it seemed to us that literature and art had become institutions located on the margin of life."  However, despite the Dadaists' (and the Surrealists') attempts to dissolve distinctions between life and poetry, the institution of art's position within life did not shift closer to center. The proposed marriage lacked prerequisite reciprocity. Life, after all, did not ask to be integrated with art. "
he ... did a somewhat different version of this posting
Tristan Tzara ~ my mother
& married to Doctor Dread
gave birthday to Doctor Duffy
or the kabalistic googoos
was yarned by wool
& chalked by cools
which is a funky dunky rhyme
Her uncle was Hans arp
of fame & Fortune
but didnt die of a psyco-geography attack
as did Rene not Descaret, you know
not Duchamp, Dubord!
the one that blew his brains
out in 1994!
My god! now that was a scandal!
the poor fella sticking a pistil in his mouth like that!
Contra the above
statements my father,
or my father by contagion
who art in heaven
did not at all see it this
never "bought" the idear.
that ar t an
life are one