Episode 82: David Robbins
August 19, 2009, 12:00 PM
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Bad at Sports talks with David Robbins.

“There are some people who are really properly configured for a place like the art context and they ought to be making art and they ought to be thinking of themselves in those terms. But lots and lots of people aren’t and they go to the art context sort of by default, there’s no other place for them to go so they interpret the art context as the most wide open or accepting of all sorts of idiosyncratic kinds of production. In the final analysis the art context wants art and the mind is capable of producing lots of things that are not quite art or near art or on the other side of art or next door to art. And those kinds of things can be hugely valuable and ought not to be made into art unnecessarily, they’ll be harmed by being interpreted as art. So you kind of have to insist on the mind being able to produce other categories of production but its your job not only to produce those things but maybe construct the contexts for their interpretation as things that are not quite art or other than art or other kind of imagination forms. I’m very uncomfortable with the idea that we’ve already discovered all the categories of production that the human mind can come up.”

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