Boris Groys – Going Public | Part 2

This is by no means a review of the book, but rather a personal reflection upon reading this book.

Boris Groys has been one of my favorites in terms of writers in the subject of art.  His writings are simple and easy to digest unlike many other philosophy writers out there. This is part two of the few parts where I would write my personal thoughts on this book, Going Public, published in 2010 by e-flux. I will divide my thoughts into chapters for convenience's sake.

The Loneliness of the Project

Modernity brings inclusivity hence nowadays projects bring people together. But in fact, to work on and idealize these projects, it needs to isolate itself from society. There's a mention of contemporary society being a social one. Are people honestly more social now?

And in that case, alienation is also considered as punishment. Is lockdown in the current time a form of punishment? Is making a project in isolation a form of punishment for oneself to make sure it is idealized?

Comrades of Time

This written essay revolves around the discussion of the contemporary and the present in philosophical debates. Why is the present so important?

It's concluded with the idea that the contemporary is a "prolonged, even potentially infinite period of delay" for contemplation.

Present is a time of doubt. (Decartes)

The essay then moved on to artworks and their relativity to time. Also mentioned and emphasized was the role of film or time-based media in time and its political connotations including and not limited to the ideologies of vita activa and vita contemplativa.

Modernity is directed against contemplation, spectatorship, and passivity of the masses paralyzed by the spectacles of modern life. But time-based media involves passivity among its viewers. It's likened to a cinema experience. And that point left me wondering the irony of time-based media.

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