Sunday, 27 April 2008

Critical Art Ensemble

Critical Art Ensemble - The Cult of the New EveCoxsoft Art's spy in Canada, who keeps an eye on Yankee doings too, informs me that last Monday Federal Judge Richard J. Arcara dismissed the indictment against Buffalo University's Professor of Visual Studies Dr Steven Kurtz. Who? you might wonder. The prof. is a founder member of the Critical Art Ensemble, an elitist radical group that explores "the intersections between art, technology, radical politics, and critical theory". Obviously its message isn't for the proletariat! It may create the occasional striking image, such as The Cult of the New Eve shown here (note the XX chromosome with double helix to confirm the group's scientific credentials), but generally its work is typical of the Anti-art Establishment: short on talent and long on bull. Its website is awful; it hides its message in corporate-US Adobe Reader pdf files, instead of using democratic HTML, and the first page I attempted to open locked up Internet Explorer. I gleaned its self-contradictory stance from other sources. It's elitist radicalism is like a dog chasing its own tail, but this activity must annoy America's Far Right. Hence the indictment. Click the title link for the full saga.


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