Resisting societal Norms: Part Two

TOMORROW is the opening of Put Up Your Dukes! Part Two at Pearce Gallery. In anticipation here is part two of book 1. If you are in Auckland come along to the opening/ book launch at 5 – 7.30pm, Pearce Gallery 130 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell.

Resisting Societal norms
Resisting Societal norms
Resisting Societal norms
Resisting Societal norms

 

Resisting Societal norms
Resisting Societal norms

 

Resisting Societal norms
Resisting Societal norms

 

Resisting Societal Norms: Resisting Failure is Futile continued

Book 1 continued:

page 12

In art, the problem of both success and failure rests on judgement. A judgement of either success or failure is by definition based on an expected outcome, either achieved or missed. In either case the assumption behind the judgment is not challenged. However, if judgement is postponed, the possibility of a third option arises, a position that that wavers between the two: the shaky territory of the provisional. The provisional allows for a mitigated success; something that holds together, just, but contains its own failure within it. It holds the door open to uncertainly, to multiple attempts, to self-doubt. It acknowledges the very human   possibility that this is one of many tries at solving the problem on hand, and that this attempt is not necessarily the best but merely the most recent. 

Resisting Societal norms  pages 12 & 13
Resisting Societal norms
pages 12 & 13

 

Resisting Societal norms  pages 14 &15
Resisting Societal norms
pages 14 &15

page 17 & 18

Modernism and the entire project of modernisation of the developed world has tried to write itself as a success story, a series of improvements and developments in the direction of Betterment. However nowhere is the dubiousness of this claim more evident than in the increasingly dysfunctional relationship between the Western individual and the so-called Natural World.  The black and white barometer of success-or-failure is useless here, as our mandate to subdue the world has evidently not been an unmitigated success, but nor can it be said to have failed completely. We occupy an ad-hoc middle ground cobbled together from our inherited roles of protector, exploiter, owner and consumer. A provisional space that can be neither tolerated, nor addressed, by the dominant cultural model and subsequently exists as an ongoing state of crisis. If art, as we claim, sits alongside life as a testing ground for ideas and things, there is some possibility that the things tested and trialled could educate life in the subtle mid-ground of the mitigated success and the partial failure.

 

Resisting Societal norms  pages 16
Resisting Societal norms
pages 16

Resisting Societal Norms

Resisting Societal Norms

As part of Put Up Your Dukes! Gabrielle and I made a series of three books extrapolating upon and extending the thinking behind the project. Resisting Societal Norms provides background to the work in this project but also maps much of the territory that I am deeply interested in researching further. As such it provides a research handbook; ideas posited and awaiting development (and contestation, complication and repudiation).

I will post this book in sections over the next days/weeks in the lead up to the second part of Put Up Your Dukes!, a book launch and  exhibition of plan B’s and also ran ideas generated by, but not used in, from the Blue Oyster show. It will be held at Pearce Gallery, 130 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell, Auckland New Zealand, on Monday 7 October.

Book 1 Resisting Societal Norms reworked notebook
Book 1
Resisting Societal Norms
reworked notebook
Resisting Societal Norms page 1
Resisting Societal Norms
page 1
Resisting Societal Norms pages 3 & 4
Resisting Societal Norms
pages 3 & 4
Resisting Societal Norms pages 5 & 6
Resisting Societal Norms
pages 5 & 6

In the first pages of Born Losers Scott Sandage reminds us that our modern preoccupation with weighing up our lives, deeds and endeavours on the scales of success and failure is exactly that- a modern construct revealing the darker side of the American Dream.

I am currently reading (and hugely excited by) The Queer Art of Failure by Judith Halberstam[1], in the introduction to this text Halberstam touches on the same territory

excerpt from The Queer Art of Failure by Judith Halberstam page 3
excerpt from The Queer Art of Failure by Judith Halberstam
page 3


[1] Halberstam, Judith The Queer Art of Failure, 2011, Duke University Press