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To paraphrase from Woody Allen in Annie Hall (1977), in order for a shark to survive it has to keep moving. An essential component of art is the avant garde. Art is not geological, but biological. As with breathing, the orthodoxy must continually be updated. Woody Allen goes on to say "I think what we have is a dead shark on our hands." I might feel the same about art post-2000. But I do not presume to know. There may well be a underground counter movement that I am not privy too.


This is the art I do. Sort of like how David Wilson (of the Museum of Jurassic Technology) presented papers at scientific conferences, but was really an artist, doing a performance-like thing (my artist ant dated him long ago). Likewise, the Yes Men pose as representatives of the WHO and give presentations. I did do a several lectures-as-performance, but was eventually interested to extended the idea to writing and publishing papers in journals.

The biggest difference, is that Wilson and the Yes Men were being rather tongue-in-cheek about it. That is fine, but can this science-as-art thing be taken seriously? While many artists might dabble in science-speak, can we throw ourselves whole-heartedly into a rigorous study? While I applaud creativity, I also question ubiquitous forgiving of little inaccuracies with 'poetic license' as just a sign of intellectual laziness? While politics may be central to someone's view of the world, others might consider very different facets, such as the process of perception itself, or Newtonian, classical, 'billiard ball' physics versus quantum physics (particularly that the observer necessarily inflences that observed).

What is the underlying nature of 'self' expression?


Behavioral Art

In reaction to this experience of meaning-making, people subtly alter their behaviors (both conscious and unconscious). In this system we call Behavioral Art [BA], the object is fairly trivial, accept that it might initiate an experience that would result in a mental performance by the audience. A simple example of BA would be an animal one sees in the clouds, though this is not generally labelled as being "art," in that it is not an intentionally created artifact. An artistic embodiment might be dance (the behavior), in response to music (the BA). The listener, by foot-tapping or even internal beat-detection, becomes a BA performer, as much as a tutu-clad ballerina who might pirouette to Tchaikovsky.


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