THE POLITICAL SEDUCER'S DIARY
An Instagram based Performance Art Event
Nov 4th - December 19th, 2017
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Individual artists take up residency in Performance Art Houston’s Instagram account and facilitate performances and gestures as their works within the show. Every week, the account passes hands to a new artist who will then begin with their performances.
FEATURING WORK BY:
VINCENT CAMPOS 4 – 10 NOV
BROOKE LEIGH 11 – 17 NOV
STEVEN MARTZ 18 – 24 NOV
JEANETTE JOY HARRIS 25 NOV – 1 DEC
RYDER RICHARDS 2 – 8 DEC
DANIEL CABALLERO 9 – 15 DEC
KATYA PETETSKAYA 16 – 22 DEC
YOSHIE SAKAI 23 - 29 DEC
Curated by Jeanette Joy Harris https://jeanettejoyharris.me/
WORDS FROM THE CURATOR:
"Nineteenth century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote The Seducer’s Diary as a description of what he called the “aesthetic” life.
Using the courtship of a man and a young woman as a literary device, Kierkegaard articulates a worldview where appearance, overintellectualization, emotional ambiguity, mood, and manipulation provide the basis for enjoyment. Reason, morality, and religion are abandoned in favor of passion, desire, and pleasure.
Kierkegaard’s critique of aesthetics as a personal ethic in The Seducer’s Diary can be used as a contemporary framework to evaluate how aesthetics influence us when making important political decisions.
If appearances have the power to blind us, if beautiful words can confuse us, and if choreographed experiences can cause us to lose sight of a larger, diverse world, how does aesthetic thinking and acting get in the way of creating and maintaining public life?
The goal of this project is to investigate the connection between the aesthetic, seduction, and the political."
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