"Inequitable Genders and Deer Populations Continue To Thrive" - Laboratorie New Music. (2014).
Midnight, August 3, 2014.
from the Performance Notes:
“What is necessary is to overcome painting, sculpture, poetry and music. We need a more comprehensive art that meets the requirements of the new spirit.”
- Lucio Fontana
This unprecedented spirit indicates the characteristics of the algorithm and its usurpation of media specificity. This combinatory aspect of his thought is what makes Fontana’s shredding of the classical modernist flat picture plane far more than an art historical curiosity (or modern tragedy).
...with Fontana, the grand, elegant slashing of monochromatic canvases with a razor blade, far from an act of desperation, symbolizes a subordination of place to space typical of most tribal rituals. It is an invitation to mentally move beyond the surface of reality into an unconditioned reality. It is a conceptual act of access into the overwhelming infinite; an act more spatial than psychological.