Remix the City: Comment — Ornamentation, People and Play

Art can extend the cooperative qualities of nature into social life.

All that we know about life is that it is an organized movement –
It is chaos and complexity.

The aesthetic begins by organizing the powers of matter and elaborating them in a way that responds to their complexity.

Humans aren’t the only creators of ornament
“The tremendously consistent purge of empty ornamental elements of form is in reality classism’s pyrrhic victory. it is tabula rasa for what is to come. for an art of the future.”
-Isidore Isou

at its best, ornament demonstrates a pact with the universe. Ornament art extends and distends the line as it is discovered in the social practice of qualitative engagement with matter. ornament is the aesthetic key to morn’s monism. the signature of a being that is univocal, and the reminder that history has diverged from coherence in flux.

Jorn’s problem with Le Corbusier is that while he also drew inspiration from nature, he understands nature in apollonian terms, paring away at complexity- nature’s own ornamentation of itself – to get at an eternal geometrical essence. 

people vs symbol
voice of the people at the expense of the symbol

Art is playful, play is social. Play may take nature as its object, but not as a means to an end: play is not consciously directed to any goal but is a delight, an identification with things themselves.  This is why play develops best in community.