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obey

Obey.¬† If you put them in a line, will they just keep going? Are they brought up that way? Obedience.¬† The question might not be centered around perverse pleasures and sadism, but of placing oneself in view of the all … Continue reading

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when the grim reaper won’t leave

A bit problematic to be German. Still. The long arc of history is easily within an arm’s reach of the old Germany, tortured, and with a romantic sensibility of subject confronted with a bleak Germanism that marked the new realism. … Continue reading

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scorched earth policy: the burning fiddler

The dull oppressive heaviness of Nazi neo-classicism. The scorched earth policy. Everything to repress regeneration and to seal off the gases of expressionist madness that could escape and find their way into the water. It was a meaningless world. If … Continue reading

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burying the dead ends

The avant-garde revolution was over. Ironically, their work also signified the end of avant-gardism¬† and the onset of post-modernism. The avant-garde had become history. Its contradictions, the emptiness, the triumph of form over substance, essentially its transformation into rote kitsch … Continue reading

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is it art without the spiritual?

Is art, art, when there is no spiritual content? Or is it simply at the level of a visual language that descends to the level of advertising and marketing management? Does the absence of the embodiment of the spiritual mean … Continue reading

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full chalk circle

There was a sense of existential desperation to this quintessentially German artist. Death infection was always lurking in the work of Bertolt Brecht, often the fatalistic embodiment of existential truth. This lurking triumph of death, the dance of death, may … Continue reading

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too long in exile: worn out welcome

Brecht in exile. He wrote movie scripts and tried to sell them but, except for his scenario for Hangmen Also Die, Brecht sold nothing. He seems to have persistently missed the fact that a great many of the ideas he … Continue reading

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between empathy and illusion

…Brecht began to contrive an elaborate complex of stage techniques to produce the celebrated alienation effect, which was designed to stir audiences without exhausting them. He employed many varieties of the play within a play convention to keep the narration … Continue reading

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