Ken Wentworth


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Are we losing grip?

Posted on March 27, 2016 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)
We are holding onto our future as it hangs perilously, our cultures pending demise being dependant on our collective actions. Holding onto outdated thought patterns, cultural infrastructures and histories at our peril. Dangling in a delicate predicament, where the future we hold in our hands can fall from grace. Hovering, and potentially slipping from our collective hands, as we blindly move forward, oblivious to the impending oblivion we co-create. Text inspired by artwork: Losing g... Read Full Post »

How they hunt cattle

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

'We have got the fruit of creation now, and need not trouble ourselves with the core. Every conceivable object of Nature and Art will soon scale off its surface for us. Men [women] will hunt all curious, beautiful grand objects, as they hunt cattle in South America, for their skins [images] and leave the carcasses [physical form, object or person] as of little worth.'

Ewen, Stuart.   All consuming images: The politics of style in contemporary culture (Bas...

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Emptiness filled with signs

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

'We are surrounded by emptiness, but it is an emptiness filled with signs.'

Lefebvre, Henri. Everyday life in the modern world

The cord between aspect and materiality has been severed.

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

'Photography signaled the beginning of a time when the "image would become more important than the object itself, and would in fact make the object disposable." [Oliver Wendell] Holmes foresaw a time when surfaces would be routinely appropriated from any conceivable source, and would then take on an autonomous, yet objective, life of their own. "Form," he proclaimed, "is henceforth divorced from matter. In fact, matter as a visible object is of no great use any longer, except as the mould on ...

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Not something natural, but cultural.

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Collages and ready mades are testimonials to the fact that all forms of representation whether they be pictures or words or gestures - are dependent on cultural languages. What we know and represnent is not something natural, but cultural, and does not exist in an ideal essence but is shaped by history.


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All things noneconomic pass out of view.

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

'As society externalizes, all things noneconomic pass out of view. As the university increasingly comes under the markets sway, this means that all aspects of intellectual life that are not directly relevant to increasing market productivity will inevitably be devalued'

Stiles, Paul.  Is the American Dream Killing you ( Harper Collins, 2005)

The bubble.

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 5:24 PM Comments comments (0)

'We can describe the bubble two ways, the first being what it stands for. The bubble is a world of entertainment, pleasure, and fun where happiness is derived from material things and sensual experience, where there are no limits on personal freedom, and where there are no consequences for our actions. Alternatively, we can define the bubble by what it opposes: the bubble exists to deny reality to us, to keep us from our truth, be it moral, cultural, spiritual or aesthetic. Truth is like a pi...

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Posted on January 16, 2011 at 3:18 AM Comments comments (0)

'NOWADAYS, MEN [women] OFTEN FEEL that their private lives are a series of traps. They sense that, within their everyday worlds, they cannot overcome their troubles, and, in this feeling they are quite correct: What ordinary men [women] are directly aware of and what they try to do are bounded by the private orbits of which they live... In other milieux, they move precariously and remain spectators'

J.M Henslin Down to earth sociology (Free Press, 2007)

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Notes from VCA lecture 13/08/96

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 10:53 AM Comments comments (0)
Images become nature - constructed cultural activity becomes natural.
How does the artist function within this?
Text has become novel - images are now more prevalent... functioning in a suggestive, emotive and seductive manner.
'coloured light echoing illusions' (television)
How has the image been constructed?
The postmodern photographer (artist) is a manipulator of signs, rather than a producer of art objects.
The viewer becomes an active decoder of images.
Analogy of pain...
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My mind has been block-BUSTED by your cultural wasteland.

Posted on May 24, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Why do people bother keeping up with the latest bland offerings from our 'block-busted' cultural wasteland?... Blah.... Bah hum bug!!! lol... Its enough to make you paint by numbers! - thats what I do anyway, reworking the meaningless trash into some kind of order - colour by colour, shape by shape... in the end all you can do is laugh at and comment on the black comedy that is being a part of this revolving door of NOTHING (which much like the bubbles of nothing in an Aero Bar - are really s...

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Can our deeply interconnected world deliver prosperity to everyone? ...

Posted on October 23, 2007 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)
'The attack on America raised so many questions, among them, questions about the dangers of the new world economy. Is terrorism the dark side of globalization?...Can our deeply interconnected world deliver prosperity to everyone? ...

We are living through a revolution. The 1990s saw the creation of a new kind of global economy, a single market in which everyone has a stake, but no one has control.

Globalization has brought unprecedented prosperity, but it has also broug...
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displacing our anxieties

Posted on June 9, 2007 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 'I think we are displacing our anxieties and our isolation into these received lives, and it's a safe and passive way for us to not have to think about our problems and the fact that we are complicit with terrible political situations.'

Sue Dodd.


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Why celebrity portraits are just fake art

Posted on April 29, 2007 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

We have celebrity defendants in murder trials and celebrity candidates for elections, and can watch minor celebs on celebrity quiz or reality shows. And if the mainstream media is momentarily distracted from their meretricious doings by war or climate change, there are always specialist celeb mags and cable channels.

If there's one thing the fans love even more than a celebrated and worthless life it's an appropriately tawdry ending, preferably by overdose. Though...

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Make over culture.

Posted on April 16, 2007 at 3:13 AM Comments comments (0)

'We live in an image based culture, in which most of the images we see come out of Hollywood, most of them are faces, and most of them are faces that have had cosmetic surgery. All of us are part of that culture, its not something that is going to go away.


Makeover culture refers to all sorts of things that we feel the need to makeover, so those co...

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about representation

Posted on April 15, 2007 at 7:01 AM Comments comments (0)

'But suppose we thought about representation, not in terms of a particular kind of object (like a statue or a painting) but as a kind of activity, process, or set of relationships. Suppose we de-reified the thing that seems to stand before us, standing for something else, and thought of repre...

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What do pictures want?

Posted on March 26, 2007 at 5:21 AM Comments comments (0)

'Pictures are things that have been marked with all the stigma of personhood and animation: they exhibit both physical and virtual bodies; they speak to us, sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively; or they look back at us silently across a gulf unbridged by language. They present not just a surface but a face that faces the beholder. In short, we are stuck with our magical, pre-mode...

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Picture theory.

Posted on March 25, 2007 at 7:43 AM Comments comments (0)

'It was an attempt to diagnose the 'pictorial turn' in contemporary culture, the widely shared notion that visual images have replaced words as the dominant mode of expression in our time. Picture theory tried to analyse the pictorial, or (as it is sometimes called) the 'iconic' or 'visual' turn, rather than simply accept it on face value. It was designed to resist received ideas about ...

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A luminous halo.

Posted on February 10, 2007 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

'Examine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day. The mind receives a myriad of impressions - trivial, fantastic, evanescent, or engraved with the sharpest of steel. From all sides they come, an incessant shower of innumerable atoms, and as they fall, as they shape themselves onto the life of Monday or Tuesday, the accent falls differently from the old; the moment of importance came not here but there, so that, if a writer were a free man and not a slave, if he could write what he ch...

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Blunting the edge of her mind.

Posted on February 10, 2007 at 8:57 AM Comments comments (0)

'She had a sense of comedy that was really exquisite, but she needed people, always people, to bring it out, with the inevitable result that she frittered her time away, lunching, dining, giving these incessant parties of hers, talking nonsense, saying things she didn't mean, blunting the edge of her mind, losing her discrimination'


Woolf, Virginia. Mrs Dalloway. (Wordsworth Editions Limited 1996)

The cultured and facinating liar.

Posted on January 11, 2007 at 9:16 PM Comments comments (0)

'The cultured and facinating liar, is both an object and source of desire. The liar is important because he or she contradicts not just conventional morality, but its sustaining origin, 'truth'... art runs to meet the liar kissing his 'false' beautiful lips knowing that 'truth' is just a matter of style.'

Dollimore, Jonathan. Sexual Dissidence. (1998. Clarendon Press)