WHAT IS GOTHIC FUNK? - A MANIFESTO IN THE FORM OF BULLET POINTS
This Manifesto is essentially the abbreviated version of the 'Manifesto in the form of a part of a Conversation.'
8 May, 2006
by E. Blair
compiled by E. Blair
- Postmodernism is not a terminus; something new is evolving out of it that’s going to happen regardless of whether anybody says it or acknowledges it.
- One of the big arguments that we encounter for postmodernism is reliant on physics, and it’s a misunderstanding of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. A lot of postmodernist critics will go running with the idea that the HUP prohibits you from saying anything with certainty. Which is not true. It actually means that you can’t say both the acceleration and the position of an electron – you can find one of the two at any given time, which is a big difference from not knowing either.
- Even if a lot of people still have difficulty talking about it, we think chaos theory has been in the public consciousness for a while.
- There is a truth, but one can only approach it relatively, and, you know, with limitation.
- The way the [Gothic Funk] parties embody that is that we can plan them to be more party-like, or more art-like, but once we start them up, they are what they are, and they grow organically.
- You can use your intellect plenty, but you have to fall back on your gut at some point.
- Gothic Funk is a movement and a frame of mind, but it’s also a whole way of experiencing life, in which you don’t have to be hyper-aware, and hyper-confirming of your situation and the things that are happening around you. Instead you can be immersed in the situation honestly, without defaulting to self-consciousness, immediate nostalgia, or confirmation. Postmodernism would say that confirmation and re-confirmation of daily situations is necessary to provide stability. We say that the energy spent in that maintenance could be better spent in the immersion in the experience itself.
- We think it is important to realize that the Postmodernist assumption that everything is unstable - including progressive argument - is incredibly destructive to liberal movements, and basically voluntarily removes critically enforced art from the equation of politics.
- We’re trying to define what is happening. By being able to define it, and to understand it, we can then help control the direction it takes and the effects that it has.
- Gothic Funk is a subset of people trying to say what’s going on, as opposed to being the whole big thing. We don’t know what the whole big thing is going to be called.