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The Dream of Debs Jack London | The End of the Western Concept | 01.02.2011
THE DREAM OF DEBS
I awoke fully an hour before my customary time. This in itself was remarkable, and I lay very wide awake, pondering over it. Something was the matter, something was wrong - I knew not what. I was oppressed by a premonition of something terrible that had happened or was about to happen. But what was it? I strove to orient myself. I remembered that at the time of the Great Earthquake of 1906 many…
godspeed you! black emperor Adam Nenadál alias Aran Epochal | The End of the Western Concept | 01.02.2010
GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
Album covers containing neither the name of the band nor the title of the album. Promotion kept to a minimum. Official band pictures? They don’t exist. And the music? Long, and upon first listening, a randomly ‘collected’ series of compositions without vocals or any clear rhythmic structure. Godspeed You! Black Emperor have always done everything differently. Instead of communicating with the…
Farewell Arcadia  the work of Ged Quinn Jane Neal | The End of the Western Concept | 01.02.2010
FAREWELL ARCADIA THE WORK OF GED QUINN
Paradise Lost: Man forever separated from the heaven on earth his creator provided for him. We know what comes next: shame, enmity, exile in an unforgiving wilderness and fratricide. Over time, Man’s family has endured flood, famine, war, captivity and tyranny. Whether we’re religiously inclined or not, the story of the Expulsion from Eden and its consequences resonates deeply within the Western…
Autopsia or On Death and Salvation Dejan Sretenović | The End of the Western Concept | 01.02.2010
AUTOPSIA OR ON DEATH AND SALVATION
Autopsia comes from nowhere. It has no place of origin nor the address. It declared itself for the first time in 1980 with fanzines Bank Rot and Prose Selavy, its biography has not been written until today, the available data about it is scarce and reduced to several published texts and reproductions. It is non-communicative, hermetic and elitist in principle, and is not concerned with the…
Aesthetic Qualities of Decline Donna Howard | The End of the Western Concept | 01.02.2010
AESTHETIC QUALITIES OF DECLINE
The Bohemian National Hall of New York’s Upper East Side was recently the forum for an Umělec event based on the premise that the ‘Western Concept’ was at its end. The event brought about an array of intriguing ideas as to what it actually meant to partake of this so-called ‘Western Concept’ to begin with, and underlined the relevance of those contemporary artists who seem to be re-evaluating…
The biggest oil painting in the worlD is for all who slipped on the banana peel of the apocalypse Ivan Mečl wrote this for his grandfather | The End of the Western Concept | 01.02.2010
THE BIGGEST OIL PAINTING IN THE WORLD IS FOR ALL WHO SLIPPED ON THE BANANA PEEL OF THE APOCALYPSE
Goldman Sucks, Marryl Lynch, Mad-off and the rest of the lot... for Chrissakes, who in their right mind would entrust their money to companies called that? They’ve got lunacy and destruction written in their names. George Soros We don’t need censorship anymore. It’s enough for us to be supervised by self-analysis, responsibility, tact... some Tact, Grampa!, c-o-n-s-i-d-e-r-a-t-i-o-n,…
Postrock 101 Petr Ferenc | The End of the Western Concept | 01.02.2010
POSTROCK 101
I. “And how deep would you say this pool is?” asks the guide in the cave, pointing over the railing at a puddle of crystal clear water with a slight emerald green tinge. It looks as if you could stand in it with your head above the water, but the guide quickly corrects our error, “Six meters. Isn’t it amazing how the water can make the bottom appear so much closer?” Any decent cave tour will…
God from Nelson’s Head Ivan Mečl | The End of the Western Concept | 01.02.2010
GOD FROM NELSON’S HEAD
There is a hidden miracle in London. I’ve gone to sit under it and stare up at it for three years now. Must I tell you? In the Nelson’s Head pub at the end of Horatio Street there hangs a picture of the head of God. It cannot be said to be a portrait. It is a real planet of a head. A demiurge with a wisp of infinity in place of a mustache. Eyes like clefts in the mountain of Tora Bora. Only…
RESIGNATION AND OTHER  TEXTS Raša Todosijević | The End of the Western Concept | 01.01.2010
RESIGNATION AND OTHER TEXTS
A Hieratic Story Almost every day, but in mid-winter for the most part, innumerable flocks of naked women and naked men almost darken the grey winter morning while flying high above my house. Usually around ten AM, I see them coming from Dedinje, flying towards the confluence of the Sava and the Danube. In the evening, at dusk, as if obeying some primeval natural order, their flocks fly across…
The Spirit  that Returns Line Ulekleiv | The End of the Western Concept | 01.01.2010
THE SPIRIT THAT RETURNS
Metaphysical ambitions in culture have begun surfacing, also amongst young Norwegian artists. In recent years a burgeoning attraction to irrational phenomena has been noticeable, and certain parts of the art scene are showing conspicuous interest in spirituality and metaphysics, often dystopically shaded. This is also reflected in commercial culture. Such an approach to art stands in stark…

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