Artilce printed in the journal Arsenal: Surrealist Subversion no.3, 1976. Includes The Manifesto of the Arab Surrealist Movement, 1975.
Art arrives abstracted and objectified into a poor substitute for real human presence, even in the presence of humans. The arts are a freakish sideshow. It’s a tonic for the troops that detracts from the barren terrain of everyday life. Students of the arts are the only masturbators to act as carriers of social disease.
This article first appeared in the early 1980’s in New York and an edited version was republished a few years later in an obscure, apparently one-off, magazine called Hopeless Tasks which emerged from Seattle, USA. It’s a neatly stated situationist-influenced critique of pop culture recuperation, bands as entertainment commodities and the weaknesses of punk ‘radicality’.