Mikhail Bakhtin on ‘Carnival’

‘Half a century ago, the Russian literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin recognised in the medieval institution of carnival the creation of “a second world and a second life outside officialdom” in which hierarchies are overturned and everything, for a brief moment, is permissible. Central to Bakhtin’s analysis is the formulation of a certain kind of bodily and material excess, grotesque overindulgence, and “brimming-over abundance”.’

Short quote taken from Robert Barry’s article in The Quietus, ‘Life All The Way Up To 11: Robert Barry on Skrillex & Maximalism‘. Something to mull over for a bit, something about TAZs, separate domains, performances and open spaces of possibility. Defining a place to be outside of the normal. New rules to be learned, allowances to be made. Dangerous. Permissive.

Originally posted: 2014-07-31 16:06
Last updated: 2014-07-31 16:57

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