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The Rhetoric of the Actual
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This discussion would focus on how the function of any art form (painting, poetry,music, etc.) or cultural activity might embody "the actual" in the negation of the speculative "real". I would (improperly) use the term "rhetorical objects" to describe forms intentionalized to maintain a self- sufficient dialectic within an increasingly discursive world. These objects act as gravitational locus for quotidien life. Their highly rhetorical nature, rather than devolving into solopsism and simulacra, demand an audience with "the actual", in hopes of exposing the staging of a spectatorial "real". The challenge for art today is not to dissemble before reality but to meet it on equal terms with art's own rhetorical objecthood. I'd put this out as a call for participation an see who picks up on the concept. Then a reading/ event could be held with a discussion of the reading/ event afterwards. The event could include physical artworks and performance, as well as the delivery of written papers on the topic.

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