Friday, March 13, 2009


Vitor Hublot - Aller Simple

Original air date 6/13/07. Props to the sequencer pattern at 1:17 (and again at 3:01). Bonus beats: the band name is a Jacques Tati reference.

"The feelings excited by improper art are kinetic, desire or loathing. Desire urges us to possess, to go to something; loathing urges us to abandon, to go from something. These are kinetic emotions. The arts which excite them, pornographical or didactic, are therefore improper arts. The esthetic emotion (I use the general term) is therefore static. The mind is arrested and raised above desire and loathing."

-Stephen Dedalus, speaking in Joyce's Portrait of the Artist.


Anonymous said...

What I would do for some thc and a crispy print of Playtime.

Emmett said...

Ha ha - here's hoping you find both, Anon!

Anonymous said...

I always felt Joyce was a bit too Manichaean in his morality, fictional or otherwise. Good blog, though.

Anonymous said...

Hey Hugh, yeah, I wouldn't necessarily stand by that quote as aesthetic dogma, and possibly Joyce wouldn't either (it's the artist as a young man, after all...), but something about this song reminded me of it so I put it on there.

Anyroad, thx for the kind words and keep up the good work, Hugh! :)

ib said...

The thought arises as to how Dedalus might have viewed the process of Pollock's "action painting", and the movement from the truly kinetic to static in the final piece. I remember sitting under "Lavender Mist" in the Tate in London, and getting lost in a state where the "mind is arrested and raised above desire and loathing."

Nice quote.

Emmett said...

It's a great question, ib, and one that I feel ill-equipped to answer on this St. Patrick's Day Eve.

Thanks as ever for your contributions.