May 15, 2004

Content Specification for Aesthetics

[ claim that France puts greater weight on aesthetics than Canada ]

  [ list the three French people that you have heard make a remark that proved their interest in aesthetics over functionality ]

    [ describe person 1: nationality, job ]

    [ describe person 2: natioanlity, job ]

    [ describe person 3: nationality, job ]

  [ desrcribe the remark ]

  [ admit that your sample population may not be representative of France, but argue that you would never have heard a Canadian making the same remark ]

  [ concede that you need further evidence, and announce that you have some ]

    [ list your evidence of an interest in aesthetics in France ]

       [ introduce clothing ]

         [ compare Canadian "originality in clothing" to the French "beauty in clothing" ]

           [ describe how each occurs at the expense of the other ]

           [ admit the nobility of originality, but present the merits of unoriginal, or conformist, beauty ]

       [ introduce "les trompes l'oeil" ]

         [ note how this concept is never considered in Canada ]

       [ introduce music ]

  [ take a moment to discuss Holland, Poland, Portugal ]

  [ conclude ]


MarekJ said...
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martin said...

Oops, this administrator fucked up and deleted the previous comment.

Here it is again:

the argument is debatable

1) googlefight gives edge to english
les trompes l'oeil ( 4 130 results) versus
eyesore ( 140 000 results)

2) search for eyesore yields 5,250 hits

However, france is carrying a much larger balast of influence by intellectuals aka the-aestheticly-inclined

posted by MarekJ

martin said...

"Eyesore" must be a bad translation.

A "trompe l'oeil" is a hyperrealist painting that tricks the brain into believing it is a real scene. In the context of this article, a "trompe l'oeil" is a giant hyperrealist painting on the side of a building that makes it look like a scene from real life. There is a famous wall in Lyon that is painted to look like there are several buildings standing, with stairs going up between them, cars parked below, banks and commerce on the ground floor, and people looking out of windows.

A creative one near my work represents a glass office building. This is just a painting of a glass office building; however, an arresting feature of it is that the painting shows a reflection of a neighbouring building in the glass, and it is realistic enough to fool the casual corner-of-the-eye glance.

Less ambitious ones show just people looking out of windows. But the point is that they are all over France. I don't think I am misguided in concluding that their function is purely aesthetic.

martin said...

Or... wait a minute. Was that just irony???

MarekJ said...

yeah, I misunderstood the term... though - isn't Rap to Bach what graffiti is to les trompes l'oeil?... back to who has more influence over what society thinks and (hence) does? Je pense ainsi...

martin said...

Arnold has a well-ordered theory in which he claims that the only two major branches of music are classical and jazz, and, by extension, all music is one of the two, and, by further extension, that Britney Spears is just a current manifestation of classical music. I wonder if rap should be traced to jazz or classical?

In either case, you seem to use "rap" and "Bach" in place of "popular" and "great" art. But trompes-l'oeil are not great art; just a bit of urban gardening.

I don't get your second point.