Monday, January 24, 2011

Richard Phillips

Justin Timberlake Zac Ephron etc

For all of these entities, the prohibition of overt sexual or non-heterosexual behavior is strictly maintained in order to increase the appearance that these stars are involved in producing. If one looks at the "Twilight" series objectively, a comparison could be drawn to the avant-garde practice of John Cage, Merce Cunningham, or Steve Reich. Instead of sustaining a note or holding an awkward position or repeating an appropriated rhythmic progression, the actors of "Twilight" sustain irresolvable teenage emotions for 2 1/2 hours without any sexual release. The production of this experience taps into a universal tween condition that once passed through can only be accessed again through externally induced psychological trauma. Sex is omnipresent in all these images but is experienced unreservedly only by those currently going through availability and the capability to satisfy forbidden sexual desire. All of this translates to a multi-billion dollar industry that may or may not lend its agency of legitimization to raise awareness of that which has the pretense to call itself contemporary art. - Richard Phillips

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