Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Flarf & the Revolution

Just a quick note that this post exists. I can't think of anything at the moment to say about it.

[Update: it's because I don't see the mockery. I don't think Flarf is "about" its sources. The materials allow certain effects, help to avoid many others, that's all.]


Tim Peterson said...

Good point, I would agree.

Thomas Basbøll said...

Thanks. Now we're getting somewhere.

Tim Peterson said...

Yeah, I think a lot of work that uses polymorphous or surreal collage strategies is intentionally deflecting attention from the "subject matter" per se, so to somehow essentialize the use of nouns or "subjects" in a political context seems in many ways beside the point. I think that the most one can say about the "subject matter" of Flarf is that it usually mashes together several voices and scenes which aren't usually juxtaposed. It's in some ways a Bakhtinian carnivalesque, in some ways a generalized social satire but in the sense of Ashbery "targetless parody."

I find his blog rant to be not unlike calling out Ashbery for mocking newspaper journalists.