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<eyebeam><blast> mumps means cachumba


- There is no art. There are only works of art (net and gross).
- The art there is is no longer (Vasari's funeral).
- Art is as dead as Hegel is alive (I mean good old George).
- Those who care about the death of art care even more about there being
works of art and their continuing working.
- If I cared more about my sight I wouldn't be spoiling it as I stare at
this screen as I care about my vision (death x life).

"It would be as flawed a strategy to dismiss the postmodern critique of
art as it is to only raise the critique cynically in terms of art's
death. I know many artists who are in denial on this point. What can not
be said often enough is that the postmodern state of art is not grim.
The re-coding of cultural software through many means, including even
traditional forms such as painting, can become conceptually based
productive activities once they are rethought and repurposed. This
situation wherein the western social conception of art and its vast
complex of semiotic signifiers can unjoin, dissipate and connect with
other discourses in a knowledge practice is necessary and exciting."

- I'm lost, therefore I don't know. "I know the truth in painting and
I'll tell it to you". Whereas the artist of the art there is was the
first always to know, the contemporary artist is the first always to say
"I'm lost, I don't know". "I know the truth IN TER NET (TER [Portuguese]
means to have, property, access...) and I'll tell it to you".

"My axes are not so geographically logical"...."the fourth quarter of my
virtual home is marked at times by a certain *Brazil,*..."

- machado means axe
- achado means found
- Milton wrote Paradise Lost
- Milton M achado's Paradise Lost

- I was born in Rio but London is my head quarter.

"What do I know about Malandros?"
- The "malandro" is the simulator, or better dissimulator. His technique
(style) is always to be SOFT, and aWARE, despite... (more or less like
the dead singer's voice, and his sign communication later on). No one
really can tell the truth about (in) the true, real malandro.
(Read "Carnavais, Malandros e Herois", by Roberto DA MATTA, and you'll
know even less. This book has been translated into English).
"From adversity we live" (Helio Oiticica's saying, printed on a
Parangole) means, in other words, "tem que ser malandro" (You've got to
be clever).

"...the country but even more the song by that name, the samba song, and
more than that the feeling that I know only from listening to the music
and reading books, the feeling that I am told is called SAUDADE...
MILTON, you told us about Silvio Caldas who sang with Carmen Miranda
(whose persona or even just whose name actually put me in Brazil).  What
is SAUDADE? and does it travel well or ill?"

- Saudade does not travel, it is precisely what stays, left behind. The
traveler who has saudades says "I'm not sad, I'm ill". It's like mumps
(positive, more or less...)

Milton Machado

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