Dumpster/Fire: Traces of Burning Man

With guiding principles like self-reliance and self-expression, and a focus on an inclusive community of free exchange (decommodified gift economy), the event and culture of Burning Man is a great example of the phenomenon referred to as “contemporary spirituality.” Much of my research is concerned with relationships between religious communities/traditions and the ecological systems withContinue reading “Dumpster/Fire: Traces of Burning Man”

Politicize Aesthetics, Don’t Aestheticize Politics

It’s worth remembering the following passage from Walter Benjamin’s classic essay on “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” “Fiat ars—pereat mundus” says fascism, expecting from war, as Marinetti admits, the artistic gratification of sense perception altered by technology.  This is evidently the consummation of l’art pour l’art.  Humankind, which once, inContinue reading “Politicize Aesthetics, Don’t Aestheticize Politics”

Picasso on Fakes

I heard the following story from Haj Ross, a friend and teacher.  I don’t know it’s origin…it might be a fake. Picasso is painting in his studio, when an art dealer comes to see him. The dealer says, “Monsieur Picasso, I have just bought this painting, which was said to be a genuine original. ButContinue reading “Picasso on Fakes”