Re: Extropic art: symbolism, interpretation & association

Michael Lorrey (
Sat, 15 Mar 1997 18:25:53 -0500

Natasha V. More (fka Nancie Clark) wrote:
> I think that Gregory Houston responded to Sarah's post with great skill and
> erudition.

For the most part I also found Greg's post accurate. However, I do take
exception to his statement about observers analysing a work of art, that
"some are more qualified than others". With such subjective desciplines
as art, "expertise" is a chimera, and quite susceptible to corruption by
the so called expert's subjective feelings, which can be quite damaging
to progress if too much weight is given to the opinions of "experts". I
give as an example the ongoing literary scandals in AUstralia, where
anglo-saxon writers write under pseudonyms that are of aborigninal or
other ethic descent in order to get published, as well as the scandal
that destroyed the _Angry Penguins_, a modernist poetry rag down under.

Too much "expert" opinion is merely pretension.

> Also, some of Sarah's questions are answered, briefly yet cogently, in the
> Transhumanist and Extropic Art FAQ which can be read at my URL. Here I have
> stated by degrees how art can be considered extropic by the creative author
> as well as the audience.
> Further, (and just a brief backtrack) Johnny had a problem with silicon and
> I think that has been dealt with quite efficiently. We learned that there is
> a difference between silicon and silicone, etc-; I wouldn't say the
> suggestion was inept: it was not appropriate for flexible skin, but was
> appropriate for a stiff armour.

After seeing the whole debate, I'd like to throw another bomb on the
fire by stating that I have a freind up here in NH who owns a company
that produces flexible circuit boards. While they are not chips, when I
visualized Natasha's first description, I imagined a black body suit
with metallic circuitry embedded in the suit, to help with augmentation


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