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It is either taking slow cinema to the next level or is a PR spin too far: a London cinema will next week screen a 66-minute film of a 40-degree wash cycle, complete with score by Michael Nyman.

Washing Machine - The Movie is a single shot of the full wash, rinse and spin cycle of a Samsung QuickDrive.

Cam't he just release the score on the internet, so we can watch our own washing machines instead?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Nov 28th, 2017 at 02:09:32 PM EST
This sort of acclaim (and there are countless examples, notably commercial sale of logs-burning-in-a-hearth w/ or w/o musical soundtrack) belongs to dada and ready made (cf. Duchamp, Arp) "aesthetic" expressions of west world ennui. I am not much impressed by hindsight art criticism mounting the vanguard on WWI; the M.O. has persisted --through devastation by wars, "conflicts", peace, cyclical credit collapse, sexual liberations, and so forth.

The industrial revolution is the heart of this generational cultural commentary.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Nov 28th, 2017 at 04:36:08 PM EST
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The 1920s avant-garde thought they were helping to make a new world.  They didn't know they were only an exhausted interlude between the trenches and concentration camps/gulags.

So it goes.

Now one of their works sell in an explosion of conspicuous consumption* to multi-billionaires in the financial equivalent of whipping-it-out and seeing whose is bigger for more money than the artists earned in their entire life.

Life in late-stage predatory capitalism.

*  See: Veblen, Thorstein and his often cited, never read, Theory of the Leisure Class -- not to be confused with the never cited, never read Theory of the Leisure Class by Nikolai Bukharin, Bolshevik and Class Traitor who admitted to seeking to assassinate Lenin and Stalin from 1918, murder Maxim Gorky by poison, partition the Soviet Union and hand out her territories to Germany, Japan, and Great Britain while being a degenerate fascist working for the restoration of capitalism, we know his confession was true because we have the documents stating he was not to be tortured, only beaten.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 02:45:56 AM EST
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Hold on there.
< wipes tears >
If it were not for Chomsky citations, Bukharin would be dead to me.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 03:56:37 PM EST
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Without an interest in the Bolsheviks or the minutia of the early history of Soviet Union there's not much point in reading Bukharin.

Unless wading through page after page of this:

No doubt, if we start with the fact that it is only a class theory of the proletariat that can be objectively correct, a mere revelation of the bourgeois character of any specific theory, is, strictly speaking, sufficient to justify its rejection. At bottom, this is a correct attitude, for Marxism claims its general validity precisely for the reason that it is the theoretical expression of the most advanced class, whose "needs" of knowledge are far more audacious than those of the conservative and therefore narrow-minded mode of thought of the ruling classes in capitalist society. Yet it is quite clear that the correctness of this assumption should be proved precisely in the struggle between the ideologies themselves, and particularly, by a logical criticism of the theories of our opponents. A sociological characterization of a certain theory, therefore, does not relieve us of the responsibility of waging war against it even in the field of a purely logical criticism.

--- 1927 Russian edition of The Economic Theory of the Leisure Class

floats your boat.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 09:50:17 PM EST
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Looks like someone never really studied the Russian history from the Revolution through Stalin. At least there is no question of true authorship of "Theory of The Leisure Class". At least when Lenin copied, copped, J. A. Hobson's "Imperialism" at least it came out in the same year. But then I haven't read anything by Bukharin, so his version may be highly and independently insightful, though I have my doubts. He was a sufficiently significant figure that Stalin worried about him - and that was always a bad thing for the one being worried about.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 3rd, 2017 at 04:07:52 PM EST
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And the above could well do with at least one less 'at least'.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 3rd, 2017 at 04:10:43 PM EST
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some people evidently need more FB friends, they haven't got enough distractions in life

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Nov 28th, 2017 at 07:14:19 PM EST
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Oddly, enough it wasn't until I emerged from my metaphorical cave to take employment at AMZN that I learned Facebook is a verb. "Sue and I stay in touch. We facebook."

In this way I truly came to appreciate academic theories --anthro and technical-- of "convergence" launched in the mid-90s. Proponents of IPTC (or ITC or ISP and more obscurely "Net Neutrality") predicted multi-modal telecommunication by internet protocol, the one medium. Also McLuhan's (1964) tedious cultural criticism.

techcrunch | Virtual Fireplace - Marvel Superhero
Virtual FireplaceTM - YouTube
Fireplace for Your Home | Netflix

That indicated, I've no reason to believe Facebook will monopolized the many channels of communication available to people who value brand-management more highly than physical warmth and companionship which accompanies exclusive use and ownership of a proverbial fire.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 29th, 2017 at 04:07:17 PM EST
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She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 02:47:24 AM EST
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well on the way to that

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Dec 3rd, 2017 at 10:26:43 AM EST
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by das monde on Fri Dec 1st, 2017 at 04:43:05 AM EST
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Somehow, it also struck me as a perfect analogy for the Trump administration so far.
by Bjinse on Fri Dec 1st, 2017 at 09:57:54 PM EST
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Let's see ... makes a lot of noise, totally unproductive, dangerous at the end.  But how to explain the Trump supporters?  Retards who go home and repeat this exercise ... again and again ... until their money runs out?  When will people realize that Trump is an agent of Putin, succeeding at destroying the U.S., and needs to be stopped ... unless we all want a full blown civil war.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 06:50:32 AM EST
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... perhaps agent of Israel? See Flynn's plea bargain. :-)
by Oui on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 09:57:11 AM EST
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Then why is Rachel Maddow making such a BIG DEAL about all of the RUSSIAN asholes meeting with Trump assholes but Israel doesn't get mentioned?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 03:08:44 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 07:05:42 PM EST
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Yes, Rachel is very pro Hilarity but that doesn't change the facts of all the Trump asshole/Putin asshole meetings.

Interesting discovery.  I've been watching a series of documentaries on the Roman Empire on You Tube. I've got Germanic barbarian blood coursing through my veins; my mitochondria are savage power-plants.  When I see the barbarians hacking into the Romans I see the Romans as modern day Republicans and it's very exhilarating.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 10:43:09 PM EST
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cos Israel is an equal oportunity corrupter. Every US Govt since at least Reagan have had the majority or reps on all sides in receipt of funding from Israel via AIPAC.

Being in the pay of Irael isn't a thing in the US, cos the assumption should be that they all are.

I'm not saying it's good or bad, just saying that's that's where you are.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Dec 3rd, 2017 at 10:21:22 AM EST
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People just can't help but want to watch it all... Throwing a rusty piece into a White House on a Hill.
by das monde on Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 at 11:05:41 AM EST
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