Monday, July 16, 2012

Experiment is old-fashioned


I am not interested in "experiment" but in avant-garde work which can take the creative step backwards to join with the past. I consider "experiment" in all fields old-fashioned; where so much that was "given" is now man-made, the aim should be choice - i.e. the measure of science & the arts should be decency, not the self-dramatization of man.
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... real tradition consists in feeling how poetry was, and out of that, how it should be now, etc. - not, that is, just parodying tradition.  

-- Ian Hamilton Finlay

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