VARIATIONS #8 The Relationship
Curated by Jon Leidecker
When music can be confused for an object, a recording replacing the action it describes, we are simultaneously promised total control while confronted with music that challenges the idea of the individual author (or the pleasure of music as a thing that can be owned). Despite, or due to this tension, as illegal art of collage goes mainstream, we find ownership of all personal expression more concentrated and removed from those who produce it than ever before.
The convergence of mainstream and social media platforms sidelines traditional record labels and sparks new sub-genres from mashups to vaporwave, but also reinforces the perception of music as consumable entertainment. How are we being retrained to our new environment by an aesthetic that has become so pervasive as to turn itself nearly invisible? Never conclude a historical narrative in present time.