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Re: [microsound] artificats?
On 12/4/06, Damian Stewart <damian@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I think we've got multiple different meanings of the word 'cultural
> artifact' here. A CD or DVD is a different kind of cultural artifact to
> a lunchbox, or a book, or a 78 RPM single. On a lower level you've got
> the item of culture (cultural artifact 0) that the physical object
> encloses or represents. Then you've got the physical object itself
> (cultural artifact 1).
> A compact disc containing a recording of a piano concerto is not a piano
> concerto. Is the piano concerto the cultural artifact? the CD? both? As
> cultural practitioners, which one do we care about more? I'd argue that
> the CD is a function of the particular material emphasis of our current
> times, and that we care much more about the piano concerto itself than
> about the shiny plastic disc.
I believe this question has to do with the industrialisation of culture.
This makes it hard to conceive of cultural products that are not
commodified. But it also means that a whole new fields of interesting
contradictions of being inside and outside of the commodity exchange system
at the same time. Those contradictions can be used as raw material for