Bridging the gap?
Whether it's Baudrillard's derealization of the world or Debord's Critique of Separation – media mystifies (Rosler) our relationship with the social and political world around us. „Information devours it's content“, imploding meaning in the media (Baudrillard, Simulacra & Simulation). Watching „Heidegger speak“, adds up that from his point of view, we don't need to improve in objectively describing the world, but to interpret it better.
Art, all the more critical art, or art that wants to reflect on social and political topics, has to take the above into account. I ask myself if there can be a dialogue here about the following questions that would result in some sort of practical outcome of this theoretical insight.
„[...] The events that occur in our individual existence as it is now organized, the events that really concern us and require our distant and bored spectators. In contrast, the situations presented in artistic works are often attractive, situations that would merit our active participation. This is a paradox to reverse, to put back on its feet. This is what must be realized in practice. As for this idiotic spectacle of the filtered and fragmented past, full of sound and fury, it is not a question now of transforming or “adapting” it into another neatly ordered spectacle that would play the game of neatly ordered comprehension and participation. No. A coherent artistic expression expresses nothing but the coherence of the past, nothing but passivity.
It is necessary to destroy memory in art. To undermine the conventions of its communication. To demoralize its fans. What a task! As in a blurry drunken vision, the memory and language of the film fade out simultaneously. At the extreme, miserable subjectivity is reversed into a certain sort of objectivity: a documentation of the conditions of non-communication.“
found via "Heidegger, circa 2015": http://conversations.e-flux.com/t/heidegger-circa-2015/1947
"[…] connectivity with the subject can act as a false assurance, a moment of contact that doesn't spur me to further action, but absolves me of the consequences of inaction. I recognize this person as a person; therefore, I have fulfilled my duty, and I need to know nothing else about them."
Significantly the first example that crosses my mind is not from the field of pictorial arts.