Henry Flynt’s concept of art as an assertion of an individual’s just-likings, or one’s “brend” (c .1962)

“Consider the whole of your life, what you already do, all your doings. Now please exclude everything which is naturally physiologically necessary (or harmful), such as breathing and sleeping (or breaking an arm). For what remains, exclude everything which is for the satisfaction of a social demand, a very large area which includes foremost your job, but also care of children, being polite, voting, your haircut, and much else. From what remains, exclude everything which is an agency, a “means,” another very large area which overlaps with others to be excluded. From what remains, exclude everything which involves competition. In what remains, concentrate on everything done entirely because you just like it as you do it.”

http://www.henryflynt.org/aesthetics/brend.html

One response to “Henry Flynt’s concept of art as an assertion of an individual’s just-likings, or one’s “brend” (c .1962)

  1. I woke up one morning to Radio 4 with Peter Mandelson banging on about how the two functions of university were a) to civilise and for b) to increase competition. If that wake-up call didn’t make you want to ‘uncivilise’ a spin-doctor, I don’t know what else would.

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