I Personally Believe, And Such As And (for the children)

Miss Teen USA South CarolinaIf you are familiar with the gloriously infamous answer given by Miss South Carolina during the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant, you may find London’s Lisson Gallery‘s description of Gerard Byrne’s video work as one that: “examines the slippage between time and the act of image creation” and looks at the “dialectic relationship that exists between individuals and the built environment that surrounds them,” bizarrely and equally chucklesome.

Christina Patterson at The Independent calls it out writing up a short article on Why it’s time for galleries to dump the jargon. SO STOP SAYING NONSENSE.

About a day or two ago during Graduate Seminar, Nayland Blake put it simply: being honest helps you be more specific.

ON THE OTHER HAND, speaking verbosely makes you wonder “if the people who were using language you couldn’t really understand were trying to hide something: and that what they were trying to hide was the fact that the work, which they wanted you to think was clever, and interesting, and worth thinking quite a lot about, often wasn’t clever, or interesting, or worth thinking quite a lot about. You might even think that what they were trying to hide, though they would never put it in words like this, was the fact that the work wasn’t very good at all,” writes Patterson.

And if you think you can get away with it, at least pull an Alan Sokal and write the second part to a fake paper called “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity” and submit it to your local academic journal to see if they notice it.

Laurent Saint-Yves,

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