Art Show EXHIBITION @ PAVILION (On fashion and politics of aesthetics)
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 – 19:00
AFFLUENCE OF THE WORKING CLASS FROM DIFFERENTIATION TO COLLECTIVISM (ON FASHION AND POLITICS OF AESTHETICS)
October 10, 2013 - February 14, 2014
@PAVILION | center for contemporary art & culture | proudly supported by UniCredit Țiriac Bank
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 19.00 hours
Followed by a special event organized by Reforma, in the courtyard, 22.00 hours.
Curator: Răzvan Ion
Participanți: Marina Albu (RO), Maria Balea (RO), Cosmin Grădinariu (RO), Gergő Horváth (RO), Vladislav Mamyshev(RU), Radu Nițescu (RO), Adrian Paci (AL), Corneliu Porumboiu (RO), Andu Simion (RO), Felix Gonzales Torres (USA), Wu Tsang (USA)
“Modern social codes allow the immediately inferior group to imitate the gestures and preferences of their superiors. According to this pattern, groups which have a higher status are forced to adopt new styles in order to maintain their superiority/difference, tastes being filtered downwards along social status. This happens periodically, so a circular process is created, generating the apparently strange mutations which we call fashion.
The financial affluence of the middle-class and the large consumption are viewed as means for exclusion – not being able to identify with other groups; the affluence of the middle-class is seen as means for imitation – being able to identify with other groups. It is said that mass production is threatened by erosion, by absorption or by making the differences between classes seem unimportant, by making the preservation of “distinction” prerogative for the privileged and the elite. The result is that those from the subordinate groups, rather than having their own methods of exclusion, they crave towards those belonging to a higher group.
A history of nostalgia has not yet been written, but this relation of behavior to the past tense of consciousness explains a crucial distinction. The past is recalled nostalgically as a time of innocence and modest experiences. In the past someone was truly alive only if someone was capable to give a sense to the past so that the confusion of the present can be facilitated. This is truth through retrospect. Psychoanalytical therapy comes from this sense of victoria nostalgia as well as the modern cult of youth. The modern cult of youth which determine the fetishization of the consumer good, the reference to the commercial fashion magazines, the desire to make oneself more wanted, distinguishing oneself from he who, in egalitarian theory, one should not distance through the possession of goods.” (Extras from: Răzvan Ion, “Affluence of the working class from differentiation to collectivism”)
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Image: Still from Wu Tsang, Wildness, film, 75 min., 2012. Courtesy of the artist