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De-Lurking

Mathew Boroson (mattboroson@hotmail.com)
Wed, 06 Aug 1997 13:42:37 PDT

I've been a little intimidated; all the knowledge and passion i've seen
here has left me feeling like some kind of dilettante.

Let me say this: i joined this group because i've been feeling a
profound lack of experimental art in my life. It seemed to come to me
much more easily in the eighties; there was a TV show on PBS, hosted by
Laurie Anderson for a while, then by David Byrne, that focussed on
avant-garde artwork, music, film, video, etc. (anybody remember what it
was called?) It seemed that any arthouse movie theater would show
"Koyaanisqatsi," "Home of the Brave," "Swimming to Cambodia," etc.,
although those same arthouses only seem to show films on the
Merchant-Ivory template now. In the eighties, it felt like the
avant-garde in art touched, however softly, the mainstream of our
culture, and all a working joe like me had to do was turn on the TV or
go to the movies to find it.

Where has that gone? How can i get my art-fix? What movies have i
missed, what books? What composers? (the only easy-access
experimentalism i know nowadays is Kronos; i can find their CDs at Sam
Goodys)

So i guess i'm looking for two things: i'm looking for guidance,
recommendations, help finding things that would challenge and inspire
me; and i'm also trying to find out what changed in the last ten years,
and how to change it back.

Matt

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