Sunday, 4 January 2009


Spartacus Chetwynd - Hermito's Children (2008) detailIf you're a pseudo-intellectual art snob who wants to irritate your gormless friends, tell them that Postmodernism is dead and the new in-thing is Altermodern, a word coined by Nicolas Bourriaud to categorize what Coxsoft Art calls Tripe. It's also the name given to the fourth Tate Triennial, which Nick curated and which will be inflicted on a gullible public at Tate Britain from 3 February to 26 April (title link). The Tate claims the show will offer "the best new contemporary art in Britain". Look at this example! Expect the usual Tripe.


At 4/1/09, Blogger Ian Brown said...


At 5/1/09, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Ian

See what I mean about "contemporary" art? What amazes me is that twerps buy garbage like this and think they're being smart!

At 5/1/09, Blogger JafaBrit's Art said...

But that just looks like dada or pop art era stuff, not really new?

At 5/1/09, Blogger Ian Brown said...

Yeah there's not much more than a bad "alternative" ad image. Its like a commercial aimed at edgy kids.

At 5/1/09, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, JafaBrit

Nice to hear from you.

Yes, it looks like the same old tripe to me too. But we're also promised lots of amateur videos and installation thingies. They'll probably be slightly newer tripe.

At 5/1/09, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

You hit the nail smack on the head, Ian. The graphic I used was a rough for an advertising campaign!


At 22/4/09, Anonymous thom Wheeler Castillo said...

Why don't we let the artists decide where we are going?
If you don't care for that idea, then pick up a paintbrush or a screen, investigate a medium for years, contribute theory into your practice, investigate some more, get overlooked by people who snub away because they don't get it (and don't even try too). After all that, then state your opinion on the current state of art.

Bourriaud is an ally for artists and is simply mediating and connecting what he sees. He is being proactive rather than just another asshole.

At 22/4/09, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Wheeler

Curating tripe is being an asshole, as you put it.

I write as an artist. I've been creating computer graphics for decades. Bourriaud probably hasn't even heard of computer graphics. All he knows is old-fashioned tripe. That isn't being a friend to artists, and it's anything but forward-looking.

He needs to wake up to the innovations going on in truly contemporary art.


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