srijeda, 9. svibnja 2012.

Dan Graham – Podudarnosti religije i rocka

Slavni video-esej konceptualnog umjetnika Dana Grahama (autora performansa, instalacija, video-radova, skulptura, fotografija) u kojem se iznosi teza o rock-muzici kao religiji za izolirane tinejdžere. Šejk, bejbi, šejk. Da, ali to su prvi rekli kvekeri, kršćanski "luđaci" koji su se tresli u vjerskoj ekstazi. Itd.

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"Rock My Religion is a provocative thesis on the relation between religion and rock music in contemporary culture. Graham formulates a history that begins with the Shakers, an early religious community who practiced self-denial and ecstatic trance dances. With the "reeling and rocking" of religious revivals as his point of departure, Graham analyzes the emergence of rock music as religion with the teenage consumer in the isolated suburban milieu of the 1950s, locating rock's sexual and ideological context in post-World War II America. The music and philosophies of Patti Smith, who made explicit the trope that rock is religion, are his focus. This complex collage of text, film footage and performance forms a compelling theoretical essay on the ideological codes and historical contexts that inform the cultural phenomenon of rock `n' roll music.
Original Music: Glenn Branca, Sonic Youth. Sound: Ian Murray, Wharton Tiers. Narrators: Johanna Cypis, Dan Graham. Editors: Matt Danowski, Derek Graham, Ian Murray, Tony Oursler. Produced by Dan Graham and the Moderna Museet."

Dan Graham, Rock My Religion, Writings and Projects 1965-1990, Edited by Brian Wallis, MIT Press, 1993.

„Dan Graham's artworks and critical writings have had an enormous influence on the course of contemporary art over the past quarter century. Rock My Religion collects eighteen of Graham's essays from all periods of his work, beginning with his essays on minimalist artists such as Dan Flavin and Donald Judd, continuing with his writings on punk rock and popular culture, and concluding with his more recent considerations of architecture, urban space, and power.
Alternating with these theoretical essays are descriptions and documentations of Graham's own works and installations - projects that trace his explorations in conceptual art, video, photography, architecture, and public sculpture, showing the integral connections between Graham's criticism and his own artwork. Although as an artist Graham has been associated with minimalism, conceptual art, and postmodernism, his writing does not conform to the stylistic and theoretical constraints of any specific movement. With sources and topics ranging from Ronald Reagan to the Sex Pistols, from Michel Foucault to Dean Martin, Graham's eclectic investigations into the complex cultural relationships between art production and social reality are always strikingly original. What makes these writings particularly astonishing, though, is Graham's willingness to examine specific manifestations of popular culture (television, magazines, rock and roll, drugs) without regard to traditional qualitative judgments and without separating "high" or "low" culture from the processes of everyday life.
Dan Graham's artwork has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. His writings have appeared in Artforum, Arts, and numerous other magazines, books, and monographs. Brian Wallis is a senior editor of Art in America.“

Predivni Kodwo Eshun objavio je pak knjigu o tom videu.

Kodwo Eshun, Dan Graham: Rock My Religion, MIT Press, 2012.

"Dan Graham's Rock My Religion (1982--1984) is a video essay populated by punk and rock performers (Patti Smith, Jim Morrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Eddie Cochran) and historical figures (including Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers). It represented a coming together of narrative voice-overs, singing and shouting voices, and jarring sounds and overlaid texts that proposed a historical genealogy of rock music and an ambitious thesis about the origins of North America's popular culture. Because of its passionate embrace of underground music, its low-fi aesthetics, interest in politics, and liberal approach to historiography, the video has become a landmark work in the history of contemporary moving image and art; but it has remained, possibly for the same reasons, one of Graham's least written about works--underappreciated and possibly misunderstood by the critics who otherwise celebrate him. This illustrated study of Graham's groundbreaking work fills that critical gap. Kodwo Eshun examines Rock My Religion not only in terms of contemporary art and Graham's wider body of work but also as part of the broader culture of the time. He explores the relationship between Graham and New York's underground music scene of the 1980s, connecting the artistic methods of the No Wave bands--especially their group dynamics and relationship to the audience-and Rock My Religion's treatment of working class identity and culture."

Još malo o Danu Grahamu:

"Up now at the Whitney is the show Dan Graham: Beyond, a retrospective of the New York artist that spans his 40 year career, including his conceptual projects for magazine pages from the 60's, glass and steal installations from the 80's, video installations, and his work with musicians including Sonic Youth and Japanther.
Graham says his work is all about anarchistic humor. This is one of the many rapid explanations he gives for his art, speaking in a way the Village Voice describes as, a verbal performance akin to high-energy jazz. Graham also explains that his work commands participation, asking visitors to sit on cushions and watch videos together, or adjust their make-up."

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