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Like language, nutrition is a means to an end, a media through which content is transmitted. However, the form of food has become so hyperrealized that it often no longer contains anything whatsoever. Like Gehry’s or Oehlen’s abstractions which only represent with their language language itself, nutrition has become a simulacrum of food that has no substance at its core.


Krauss questions the concept of origin and originality. Sherrie Levine rephotographs photographs (eg, After Walker Evans). Nabisco is ‘food’. Hybridized wheat is hyperrealized. Nutritional substitutes are futuristic. In the green painting from Finland there is a clear origin in Nature. It is a nutritious- even broccoli-like- and meaningful painting.


Decline in American IQ: the Disturbing Facts

“IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says,” -CNN, June 14, 2018 ( The study (, notes that things like nutrition and poor environmental conditions, not genetics, are to blame for the decrease. 


Likewise, obesity is on the rise, literally hitting 39.8% of, or 93.3 million American adults. (


I think this is largely due to the hypperrealization of food products, which parallels the loss of meaning-formation in post-modern abstract painting. 


The Collective Consciousness: Cultural Intelligence is A Collective Endeavor


objectivity: loss of subjecthood, loss of self in object-love, developing objective perception through the eyes of others.


Objectivity is always limited to the number of monads of consciousness who participate in that sphere of consciousness. For example, cults believing themselves to be objectively correct in their views. Maybe if the entire universe consisted of that cult’s members, they would achieve some type of state of correctness, in the denotative, linguistic, or perhaps structuralist sense of the word ‘correct’, ie they are deemed by their society to be correct. However, they may still not be correct in a Platonic sense of Correctness. If the entire world consisted of members of a wacko cult who believed in abusing each other, and there was one clear-sighted person who objected to this abuse, within the cult this individual may be considered incorrect, while they are Correct in the Platonic sense. 

I bring up this issue of relativism, because I subjectively believe our society's relativistic standards for what qualifies as "nutrition" and "culture" are flawed. I really don't think anyone should be eating Nabisco crackers, or only being exposed to literature via online "content". We make things like algorithms to determine what qualifies as quality content online, but these are also flawed, broken, and used to manipulate users into buying junk- like Coke and cigarettes etc. are a sad imitation of food, hawked to people at the expense of their health and well-being. I also feel that being conscious of the content of our environments comes down to individual people making choices about what they expose themselves to. It is my hope that th_Eroses can be a site of genuine and open discussion about cultural flux, that helps people to better understand how and what the world means- as well as a mere, regular, human person can assist in that collective endeavor.

So, in response to cultural issues in America: read a book, write, encourage your friends and family to do the same, grow vegetables if you can, and if not, at least be conscious to think of food as something that should have real content, like language.




Current Issues & Concerns

  • Photographability and social media as either utopian (universal access to art) or dystopian (impairing meaning-formation)

  • Shallowness /contextlessness & lack of meaning-formation

  • Intertextuality- ability to access vast stores of information immediately through hyperlinks.  

  • Crowd-sourcing narratives- artist in service to a group of people who are involved in the artist’s life.

  • Avatars / vicariousness

  • The hyperlink / shifter (embedded v externally referential information)

  • Strength of character

  • Creating limited networks of consciousness, e.g. turning away from research-based conceptualism

  • language that represents something rather than language that represents language.


an aside: I don’t feel that Readymades are relevant to my generation at all. 

Maybe, the readymade language that comprises the metalanguage, readymade personality types in the form of AI, etc. 



Many of the footnotes and conversations in this piece are referring to specific texts in Rosalind Krauss’ book of art critical texts:


  • Krauss, Rosalind E. The Originality of the Avant-garde and Other Modernist Myths. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1985.


We love Rosalind Krauss.


If we’re talking about Duchamp, Vito Aconcci, the medium of video, mirrors, and indices, etc. please infer that the dialogue stems casually from musings upon readings of her texts about these issues.


The information on currency disunification that references Dominguez:


  • Dominguez, Virginia R. "Representing Value and the Value of Representation: A Different Look at Money." Cultural Anthropology 5, no. 1 (1990): 16-44. doi:10.1525/can.1990.5.1.02a00020.


For the Taoist text Secret of the Golden Flower:


  • Cleary, Thomas. The Secret of the Golden Flower: The Classic Chinese Book of Life. New York: HarperOne, 1991.


Author’s Note: This text was written casually, in a stream of consciousness manner. If at any point there is a phrase not cited or attributed correctly, feel free to contact the author at and we will gladly resolve.

A+HRRA award summer 2023

The Summer 2023 Arts + Human Rights Research Award will be open to submissions this summer (approx. 14:51 UTC June 21 2023 - 06:50 UTC September 23rd 2023). The topic of the Summer 2023 A+HRRA is AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. 


th_Eroses, an arts publication, is awarding $100 for a work of artistic / literary research that addresses or concerns human rights in conjunction with this season's topic, AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. The term 'research' here is intended to indicate the process of creation, exploration, and discovery, rather than the compiling of archival facts and/or materials, although the compiling of archival facts and/or materials may be a part of the process of exploration and discovery, or a part of the process of shaping the path or direction of discovery. This is intended to be an open-ended premise, to support the range of work that may occur in artists' and writers' unique processes. 


From the UN: 


"What Are Human Rights? Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination."


Successful submissions may, but are not required to, focus on investigative, process-based exploration and material discovery. Successful submissions may couple rigorous (or subjective) analysis with documentation of investigative, process-based exploration and discovery. Submissions do not need to be factual; forms of literary fiction, subjective expression, abstraction, choreography, and/or non-narrative presentations will be considered as well. Submissions in all languages and media are welcomed. 


The goal of this award is to amplify artistic voices that inquisitively and critically approach the pressing issues of our time, to create a habitat where a unique form of creative journalism can thrive, and to provide th_Eroses readers with artistic / literary insights into key issues.


Please note: If your work is submitted and selected for the award, you consent to the publication of your submitted work by th_Eroses now and in the future. Not all submissions will win the award; there may be one submission chosen, or multiple submissions, or none of the submissions. Selected submissions will receive an email of acceptance and next steps. 


Please submit work to with "Entry: Arts + Human Rights Research Award" in the subject line.

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