Acting-Out Politics

Weblog opens discussion about the psychology of Bushmerican style of behavior.

The Psychological Dynamics of A Young Or Even An Older Person’s Resistance To A Repressive Or An Oppressive Society Is Similar To That Of A Child’s Resistance To The Despotism Of An Adult Family Member Alexander (Bertil Guve) (in the part of the film, dedicated to his confrontation with the Bishop Edvard Vergerus – Jan […]

Robert Rauschenberg, “Gift for Apollo”, 1959 It is very difficult for us today even to imagine how much delight our ancestors were getting by imagining the very existence and life of gods. Mythology opened for them not just alternatives to their world, but the possibilities of completely different worlds. People identified with what their imagination […]

“Frivolous Existential Genius” And “Moralistic Functionaries” 2 Clips from “Providence” (1977) Alain Resnais and John Gielgud (Clive Langham) are preparing a scene on the set of “Providence” Between a father and his sons – between Clive and – Claude and Kevin, the democratic culture stumbled and falls. Of course, the fall of such a massive […]

Robert Rauschenberg, “Pail for Ganymede”, 1959 The more we drown in technology the farther we are from natural grace (we have learned to see metal where our ancestors saw rivers and sea waves). To be a mechanic or an engineer (“trainers” and “trainees” of engines) means already not to be a human being as Ganymede […]

Robert Rauschenberg, “Money Thrower for Tinguely’s H.T.N.Y.”, 1960 (Electric heater with gun powder, metal springs, twine and silver dollars) Behind many technological novelties we (instead of seeing angelic faces of the inventors in eyeglasses who are moved by pure disinterested curiosity) find money calculations, and even where we find idealistic motives, technological idolatry or moral […]

When A Painting Is Squeezed By The Viewers’ Enthusiasm Transformed Into “Gold” Of Admiration Viewers’ self-aggrandizing identification with a superstar has been resourcefully parodied by the artist’s work Andy Warhol, “Gold Marilyn Monroe”, 1962 Is Marilyn lucky or unlucky for having become such a popular star, and is Andy Warhol lucky or unlucky that his […]

A monument to the skills of Madrasi master masons who built this residency in the second half of the 16th century (The World of Interiors, May 2018, p. 174-175) The double concept of glorious (exceptional) people and super-human glory – is the basic semantic construction of this building invented by its creator/architect as a work […]

The Unexpected Similarity between The Characters Of “From the Life of the Marionettes” And Bergman’s Conclusions About Human Condition Registered In His “The Serpent’s Eggs” (1976) During my second year in Munich (in 1977) I had begun writing a story I called “Love with No Lovers”. It was heavy and formally fragmented… Ingmar Bergman, “Images […]

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