Thursday, April 05, 2007

Kingdom Professional (ism)

Kingdom professional (ism)
Part one

There is a new breed of well cultivated, wired and culturally tired (they are tired and jaded because this is their signature/their hallmark and trade card) new professionals that are beginning to enforce there hegemony on the so called Greek art scene (cells). This is a new strand /a new virus.
What are the characteristics?
One of the most important characteristics of this virus is that they like to infiltrate into the nucleus of the art cells, to absorb whatever originality there might be in these cells and then to incorporate this originality into their own profit oriented metabolism: the metabolism of manipulation.

A new predatory animal that can smell success (Damien Hirst’s shark is out of the formaldehyde and is in the water, it is not cut up and it is searching for new talent/raw meat. It is the professional as a work of predatory art)

The second characteristic is that they like to take very dangerously, calculated risks. What is the nature of this risk taking? On one level it is creating synthetic antagonisms between various art cells and then when this antagonism is fuelled and finally leads to a form of destruction (either self-destruction of a single cell or mutual destruction between cells) then the professional will side with the strongest party and gain as much as possible from this party but they will also console the weakest party because they will be able to profit off of their position of weakness. On a second level it is allowing themselves to be put in a (seemingly) risk taking position( this is usually communicated thru such terms/phrases as: I believe in you when no one else does/I have staked my career on you etc…) and then playing this position so that the art cells will feel the need to cater to the economics of the professional. In terms used by another writer, the professional creates a superior algebra of need.
The third characteristic is that the new professional (or as we would say a parasite) is also an artist. And in fact they are. They have elevated dependence, intellectual malnutrition, and the overall buy now pay never and steal and profit from any originality into a form of art.
Of course there are also other characteristics but many of these seem to be passed from generation to generation. For instance the fact that most of these professional predators are from a proper lineage, that they have an abundance of money (and therefore time) and all the other usual characteristics which are well known and which one would not spend time to document.
Probably the most dangerous characteristic of the professional is that he/she is undistinguishable from the art cells that are infiltrated and digested (and finally manipulated) by him/her.
To be continued with: shape shifting/the professionals new clothes(image_automaton)


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