Bureaucratic Idealism

Developing further my thoughts about teams, I think the true philosophical position of our era is Bureaucratic Idealism, namely the belief in a set of rules and procedures that exist in a realm somewhere high above all the contingencies and particulars of actual life, which of course they are intended to regulate. Though my own politics is a hopeless mash-up of Marx and Anarchism, doubtless with no practical application outside of art, I would like to propose an alternative, which happens to be a very natural extension of my studio work. I think that organicism, as I practice it—that the work should be free to make itself, without the artist bringing their good intentions to bear—can be extended to all of society. Every institution, field of study and occupation should have its own forms of governance and regulation, which can emerge from its content. There really is no over-arching standard of accountability or method of management that applies to everything. So art schools and museums should be run according to the pattern of the art inside them. Art should show the way. The idea seems absurd, and I’ll bet few readers can concretely visualize what I mean, but then why should they be able to? Why should an institution know where it’s going, anymore than art does? The idea is only impractical because art has already adapted to bureaucracy. There are some pockets of autonomy here and there, not necessarily modernist, but this idea is a radical politicization of autonomous art.

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curator (or artist) at work

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