[NetBehaviour] The Jeremy Bailey Interview on the Netbehaviour.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Sep 12 16:19:18 CEST 2008
To answer 1.
Many on here (of course) would agree that the artist ego is a fragile
instrument. There has been much explored around the artist ego and
Sigmund Freud himself felt a personal connection to the artist
In 'Formulations regarding the Two Principles in Mental Functioning'
(1911), Freud writes that art "... brings about a reconciliation of the
two principles [pleasure and reality] in a peculiar way. An artist is
originally a man who turns away from reality because he cannot come to
terms with the renunciation of instinctual satisfaction which it at
first demands, and who allows his erotic and ambitious wishes full play
in the life of phantasy. He finds the way back to reality, however, from
this world of phantasy by making use of his special gifts to mould his
phantasies into truths of a new kind, which are valued by men as
precious reflections of reality. Thus in a certain fashion he actually
becomes the hero, the king, the creator, or the favourite he desired to
be, without following the long, roundabout path of making real
alterations in the external world. But he can only achieve this because
other men feel the same dissatisfaction as he does with the renunciation
demanded by reality, and because that dissatisfaction, which results
from the replacement of the pleasure-principle by the reality principle,
is itself part of reality."
The above rings true in some respect, yet it also informs us how a
contemporary culture's dominant values, play a large part in influencing
perceptions and conclusions. Another thing I find interesting regarding
the artist and ego, is that (personal) romanticism is an essential
ingredient. This notion of the artist being a hero is a fascinating
theme which I have personally experienced when I was much younger. Some
of these moments are just too embarrassing and too tense to dwell on.
It's funny when reading older writings, because of the language,
especially the (unconscious) masculine dominated, mannerisms. For
instance, 'he' comes up may times in the article. Even though such
concepts around the artist and ego are from long ago, I think that these
psychological elements still remain.
>As I hinted the perception of some kind of
>order, some truth in everything that can be
>revealed is both interesting and hilarious to
>me. Mostly because the process involves a
>tremendous amount of abstraction, and therefore
>an acceptable amount of error. This error, or
>this incompleteness reflects strongly on my
>thoughts concerning artist ego. As in, the artist
>ego is a very precarious and fragile instrument
>that should likely never be played...
...'this incompleteness reflects strongly on my thoughts concerning
I can definatley see this in some of your works, but one particular
piece that springs to mind is 'Srongest Man' where you try to hold a
camera at arms length.
http://www.jeremybailey.net/podcasts/strongestman.m4v - I will not
explain anything about the video, I think it explains itself. Lets just
say that there is plenty of angst in it ;-)
As mentioned, I will post a response to the rest of the text later...
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