Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The history of the avant garde mirrors that of religious cults, spiritual movements and secret societies. The whole attitude of the Situationists was a kind of secular Protestantism. Greil Marcus says that is Neoism is complete garbage - which is of course true - but Marcus is, as usual, missing the point.

An Allegory: Two girls wearing silver overalls and Monty Cantsin-look alike masks visited Monty Cantsin. The first girl said: "I bet this is an allegory." The second said: "You have won." The first said: "But only allegorically." The second said: "No, in reality. In allegory, you have lost."

Neoism is like porn movies: The subject has no importance, logic is unneccessary, there is an accumulation of well-known things, the focus is always on the same explicit facts, repetition and boredom rule. One is tempted to believe that Neoism once had some sort of intelligible shape and is now only a broken-down remnant. Yet this does not seem to be the case; at least there is no sign of it. By its own standards, Neoism is irrefutable, perhaps the only perfection in mankind that has superseded nature. In any case, closer scrutiny is impossible, since it is extraordinarily nimble and can never be laid hold of. It lurks by turns in the stairways, the lobbies, the entrance halls. Often it can't been seen for years; then it has presumably moved elsewhere. It always comes faithfully back to your place again. By differentiating a little bit, one can get the true intention of what Neoism tries to accomplish. Neoism is sound where there is sound. It really wants to help people and at last we owe it great respect for that.

tEnTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE homepage for cinematic soraticisms

Some mottos: "Anything is Anything"; "No More Punching-Bag Clowns!"; "Neoism Now! & Then!"; "Kill Normality Before It Kills You!"; "The Revenge of the Impotent is to Try to Neuter the Fertile."; "Before You Decide Against Biting the Hand That Feeds You, Ask Why It Has So Much Food in the First Place."; "When MONEY is GOD, the POOR are HUMAN SACRIFICES."; "WE are all UNEQUAL under the LAW & THAT is its PURPOSE!"; "Work Will Make You Free Trade."

A Mere Outline for One Aspect of a Book on Mystery Catalysts, Guerilla Playfare, neoism, booed usic, Mad Scientist Didactions, Acts of As-Beenism, So-Called Whatevers, Psychopathfindiing, Ucerts, Air Dressing, Practicing Promotextuality, Imp Actiuvism, etc. - searching out post-neoist shamans in the mid-atlantic region

More things to track and follow - future plans to be dealt with through the neoist impulse (the drive towards hermeticism):
+ John Berndt - post-neoist musician and physical space manipulator
+ Berndt interview - quote it up
+ The Red Room - amazing collective used book and record shop out of bmore
+ Henry Flynth - amazing avant-bardist philosopher and founder of conceptual art

Some music links to chase after this vanishing event horizon
+ Recorded - home of henry flynt et al
+ Widemouth Records - pittsburgh home of tENTaCON and other post-neoist fusions


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