BENNIAL 2016 ET AL(CONTINUED).PHOTO AND CAPTION POST:CAIRNS STREET AND GRANBY ST: ASSEMBLAGE AND CONSTELLATION AND FOUND OBJECTS .BY STEVEN BENSON

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Constellations of stars or miniature found objects; an assemblage{homage to Benjamin};a representation and presagement of the reality and representation all around this artwork

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This work covers a former window, another portal; Liverpool Biennials often re-discover/uncover the remnants of former manifestations of capitalist enterprise,deprived thus of the commodity value(by being deprived of their commodity value, by virtue of BEING remnants); or is art just another consumerist fetishism of the object; surely not!!! Surely it is transformed and, somehow REDEEMED ( from the temporal) into some Atemporal, parallel “universe”. Well, Walter Benjamin (“Paris Arcades”, a massive incomplete, assemblage/constellation of the detritus of the outworn past)thought so!IMG_5851.JPG

This is hard to express in words ; derelict buildings (ripped apart by some misguided Compulsory Purchase Order), empty but complete because of their accretions of “street art”; this assemblage was an entrant(?won) a recent Turner Prize as an artwork(not as a decimated community, revitalised as much as it, realistically, could be). McLuhan’s definition of such constellations/asemblages, or blurrings of reality and representation, seems to ignore the political aspect of assemblages ( see above) so dear to Benjamin:”… mosaic{sic!} of perpetually interacting forms that have undergone{by whom and TO whom, we should ask; power issues} kaleidoscopic transformation, particularly in our time”(Gutxenbery Galaxy)

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art work or {closed forever?}shop?; the first pigeon appears

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Cairns Street: barred windows on lost commodites/communities; and another portal:to the past. I lived near here in 1894/5: the Toxteth riots happened here(1985); I slept through them. SOME of the shops and other community facilities survived.Granby and surrounding streets are a fulcum, a summing up of the processes of capitalist, western, marginalization and alienation wherefrom lead  civil unrest; we still see the scarsIMG_5776.JPG

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ibid

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poppies trapped; MANY things seemed to be behind bars,here, the beautiful and the spectral

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This odd door/gate was next to the Biennial(or what I hypothesized as being so) exhibit: a portal across a portal, to what was, once,until the planners talk control, someone’s homeIMG_5795.JPG

This bricked up, bare window was especially  disconcerting and uncanny, in its ruthless EXPUNGING  of the past: no Benjaminesque remants of beauty here

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I LOVE pigeons, with their cruel battle against foot-rot; but do representations of birds in rainbow colours redeem the deracination?

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Cosmic Love???????????????????????????

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Oh dear, Walter{Benjamin}:”  phenomenon are subdivided and at the same time redeemed!”(“Origin of German Tragic Drama”, 1925). REALLY???? Not sure whether intentional or inadvertent assemblage; art or reality{bit of both?!}; but what is redeemed, here, from the callous capitalist decisions of local planners/national politicians? Possibly, it is a satire on the cruelty of the CPO process; the rubbish tip that is made of people’s lives in their own communities; but, wait, Cairns Street and the Granby community has taken something positive back(against the odds of these evil forces):-

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