Re: Extropic art: symbolism, interpretation & association

Natasha V. More (
Sun, 16 Mar 1997 18:16:15 -0700 (MST)

At 02:14 PM 3/16/97 -0800, The Low Golden Willow wrote:

>But she would be considered an Extropian artist by the populace, unless
>a counter-campaign managed to discredit her. Many people make false
>claims because sometimes making false claims works.

Anyone who becomes so famous that they are recognized by the populace would
indicate that populace knew what extropy means. If the populace knows what
extropy means, then its authenticity would also be recognized.

Con-artists (no pun intended -:) are masters at what they do in all trades.
It's unfortunate, but, "shit happens."

>Sarah made three statements; which isn't accurate?

Sorry, I should have been more specific. Artwork can challenge the
suppositions of group or class of people. I'll give two examples: Robert
Maplethorp challenged basic assumptions about sexuality as well as same-sex
relationships. He challenged the general view of the sexual masculine as
something ugly and horrible and made it beautiful and elegant. Ophra Winfry
in her creative endeavors has become the most powerful woman in Hollywood,
challenging assumptions about being black and how fast one can customarily
rise to the top. The Empire States Building challenged an assumption about
how tall and sturdy a building could be. VR challenged the assumptions that
we are limited to one reality.

>If I give a short
>description they assume it's a fringe group of nuts. I tried that
>experiment once.

Try another delivery.

>I still doubt the mass viability of Extropianism in a world with a
>tenuous grasp of the Enlightenment.

That's one way of looking at things.