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  2. I'm glad this video appeared on my suggested videos. I'm curious about any new information I can find about Duchamp, and had not seen this.

  3. There is an episode of twilight zone, about a strange town where crowds mysteriously gather whenever there is an auto accident. That the viewer is first led to believe, is just normal behavior of people stopping to view a spectacle. Until it turns out that they are some type of energy vampires that suck the last breaths of injured or dying people.

    A similar theme to this, would be social vampires, who flock around failings and failures that occur in society. From small everyday faux pas' that occur on the streets, to large scale failures in business, politics, even personal defeats in romance is not too small for these leeches, always on hand as though they can sense it.

    Ever prepared to leech on the crushing defeat, and sudden rushes of blood to the face and extremities of all involved. With such parasitic segments banking on all the supplementary and auxiliary behaviors and incidences that occur around such incidences.

    Turns out these vampire colonies, more than just sense such failure. But actually orchestrate and farm for such incidences. Luring victims down a path, where maximum amount of combustion and explosion is likely to take place. For maximum pay outs!

    Some call such sections, facetitis facetious viruses. For the flesh eating disorder, but also for the flippant deliberately light hearted behavior, such a social malady is treated with. When so-called surplus and grounded populations, sort of crowds for hire, bystanders for rent, on the lower stratas of society, who's livelihood demands that they bump and thump the social machinery from time to time

    With monies and lives tied-up in state and economic machinery, that demands that they coax and spur economic and social movement, including by nudging, tipping or outright shoving accidents and failures into being (in worse case scenarios!). Thus proactively feeding (and thus controlling) public and economic bodies, via criminal and sociapathic behaviors.

    Purportedly, aimed at groups that are misaligned to them in some fashion, including as some theories propose, in sexual practices. On top of more common distinctions or parameters, like political stripe, ethnicity, spending patterns etc. So that these segments actually serve as wrangling and herding crowds for hire, who steer and shape social activity, based on paymasters requirements.

    Leading to the forms of social and peer pressures (exerted by these crowds, just via how they move) subject to such frequent change, that the entire society, ultimately falls into a negative whirlpool spiral, that whips about in increasingly senseless ways. As one income source after another (paymasters – some call the council of crows, other call the cabal of electric elected elders), orders these crowds into new formations. That ultimately degenerates into social collapse and failure itself

    What these big vampires (who fund the little vampires) wanted all along. Literally creating a vampire spawning pit (a borrowed burrow, borrowed because these are usually displaced groups, or networks under siege and strain – all urban populations striving to balance city and state budgets are prevent ousting with upscaling). With other theories proposing that what you put into yourself (whether in diet, sexual practices, or even intellectually)

    Shapes how these bioelectromagnetic driven parasitic crowds move. Following iron in blood or other psycho-graphic markers. Although by this stage, most networks are quite likely fully wired up to closed band broadcasting and informational systems. So that who knows, maybe they were the actual people in that Twilight Zone episode on TV. Or live similar lives.

    Given that most are all (or most) are meat eating omnivores (carnivores) this may not be a mark of social disease alone, so when do whole segments crossover into being parasitic, sociopathic communities? When cities and nations reach redline states on dashboards as well as financial ledgers?

    Is there a cure for this at all, or does humanity only get worse and worse from that point on? Turning cannibalistic, and then degenerating into infertility and genetic dead ends?

  4. Duchamp seems quite unassuming and down to earth, and his explanations of his artistic intentions are quite straightforward. It's a refreshing change from the often turgid commentaries written about him. The interviewer is knowledgeable, but a bit stilted and his style of delivery seems more like a police interrogation than an interview. In any event, in light of what's on TV these days, I'm astounded that NBC actually used to produce shows of this quality.

  5. James Johnson Sweeney was the Director of the Guggenheim Museum and later interviewed Marcel Duchamp in this wonderful video which I am so glad to see here. This is a real treasure and so appreciated. Marcel Duchamp was an absolute genius artist who inspired many artists-modern and contemporary. I am sorry to see some denigrating comments here. So undeserved.

  6. Duchamp and Miles Davis weren't really contemporaries in a generational sense, but MD's observations about not repeating yourself are pure Miles.

  7. Duchamp was a clever guy, probably the cleverest artist since Manet;
    just a shame he inspired so many second-rate opportunists

  8. This is the first time I've watched Duchamp speak in English in an interview. It's quite wonderful. He was the great demystifier of art. The gestures he made in the 1920s have been repeated slavishly, and with much less panache, ad nauseum. Thanks very much for this. Very enjoyable.

  9. Pred leti sem svojega ta starejšega sina peljal v Benetke ( Venezia ) na razstavo Duchamp-a; najbolj mu jebil všeč pisoar visoko na steni !… ; sem mu rekel, da če bi hotel tja lulat, bi pa potreboval lojtro – no kiddin' !!….. 😉

  10. Mr. Duchamp is absolutely right about the ready-made intention in the glass of the first piece. You can’t fake that, like today’s postmodernists try to do. I grew up with Duchamp’s work in that museum, and it ultimately taught me how to integrate my own realistic portrait work with the ‘music of chance’ of life. The way to paint anything that will be meaningful is to take risks and let the world act on you, and incorporate those acts. In other words, you don’t make art – you serve it.

  11. "Painting today is a Wall Street affair. When you make a business out of being a revolutionary, what are you? A crook." – Marcel Duchamp

  12. I must say that I am a fan of Duchamp ready mades and it’s quite a let down to hear him, or any artist for that matter, talk about their own work.

  13. theyre making their own world or paradise apart from the world. by throwing all these concepts insults out there.to aee what sticks art was never confined to the book or canvis
    or section of a wall.

  14. Did he ever do a video lecture on the infamous Étant donnés ?  I saw that installation-assemblage when I was a teenager. The security guard (an old pervert?) pulled me over to the hole in the wall and whispered to me, "Look in there." That was when I got an eye full of that spread eagle assemblage. Much later in my life I saw several of his boxed constructions at the Huntington Museum of Art in Pasadena.

  15. With the technology they have today it would be great to turn this film into colour as they do now with old war reels.

  16. How about that well funded rumor circulating the nether regions of post war literati, that proposed that the ancients (actually a far superior peoples compared to degenerated modern man, after evolving and developing interstellar space travel) were soon expected to return to give modern man a big whooping, unless we coughed up something of the planets that we had lost, which we as modern human beings, of course can not even decipher what it was.

    Actually turned out to be hocuspocus propaganda designed to woo under developed peoples (cover and excuse when the question of why a far more advanced peoples would be so interested in primitives peoples deep in jungles, Trademarking modern medicines and copywriting technologies aside), to secure their raw resources, while transferring seeds of modernity to fledgling nations.

    Interest that has greatly waned of course, now that modernity has done its job on even the most isolated of peoples, and large chunks of raw resources have been exhausted or converted into newer forms of wealth (cash, capital, technology, political, military, industrial apparatus etc)

    While that superstitious myth, has apparently become a self fulfilling prophecy, that insufficient peoples took heed of.

  17. "I believe that art is the only form of activity in which man, as man, shows himself to be a true individual who is capable of going beyond the animal state. Art is an outlet toward regions which are not ruled by time and space."

  18. Compare this high level of cultured entertainment that was nationally broadcast on NBC from 1956 with the crap they have on now. No comparison.

  19. One of the best interviews i´ve ever watched. I ended up fascinated by the mind and distinctive concepts this man has about life, knowledge and art

  20. 14:00 the conversation about taste and the pointless nature of repeated ideas is pretty great. Where no taste is possible this is where expansion and exploration in art is worth it. I don't fully believe this but its certainly interesting. Does anyone else have a different interpretation? wouldbe very interested to hear

  21. Love it. Going beyond taste, beyond good and bad, beautiful and ugly. Cage and Duchamp tried to show us new ways of thinking about life, even more than art. His sincerity is also refreshing. Beautiful.

  22. So ahead of his time… I'm sure Andy Warhol borrowed his concept of ready made and purposely refuted his idea of not repeating yourself.

  23. This a very rare testimony. IT is the first time I see him talk and express himself about his ideas, that so much influenced the NEw YOrk avant garde and impacted Andy Warhol, who also moved on from traditional art into silkscreen, movies and even Rock music with the velvet underground and Lou Reed. which in turn gave birth to the 1980s neo expressionist movement, Punk movement, and indie film movement of NEw York city. THe irony was learning from this film that Duchamp was in fact a bourgeous kid financially supported by his Dad most of his life so that he could live that "non commercial existence

  24. he designed a bbadass chess set and r mutt on the urinal found objects this movie is great thank you first yome ive ever heard duchamp speak ive omnly seen his pictutes in books and galleries

  25. all too complicated for me. I cannot understand the meaning of an abstract work. So the viewer, in watching the abstract art work makes its own abstraction of an abstract. That is like the square of a square of a prime and means in fact nothing. What does interest me is what's a Duchamps worth in USD's. That is the concrete meaning of an abstract art work to me.

  26. The name of your channel is not overstated.

    Wow!
    This video articulates so well the development of the great artist career!
    (I was not aware of his importance before seeing it)
    It is a treasure of art history that you have given us here!
    With my deep gratitude!

  27. James Johnson…
    what an unassuming name for such an inquisitive man…

    He would've made for a damn fine detective-like dude on The Twilight Zone….

  28. I fully appreciate the unpretentiousness Marcel Duchamp presents & explains his work. He is grounded in fully enjoying the process & continued journey of art and what it means for himself. He views critical opinions lightly and with humor moving forward. Considering how much weight his & his family's name carried then to now, this is refreshing & inspiring to experience.

  29. Mechanical art has taste in the form of what one chooses as a subject, what perspective is chosen to view it from when starting, and the size of display. He seems to be pursuing genuine creativity which is impossible to achieve.

  30. Would have loved to get to know him personally, such a sympathic one and one of the greatest artists.
    Thank you for this real Pearl of an art movie, it ready made me Lucky 🙂

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