You are viewing imomus

click opera - Click Opera Selects The Greatest Cultural Figure!
February 2010
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
 
 
 
 
 
 
Page 1 of 10
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:27 pm
Click Opera Selects The Greatest Cultural Figure!

1. This game is called Click Opera Selects The Greatest Cultural Figure!

2. Its purpose is to discover the greatest cultural figure who has ever existed. According to me, as determined by you.

3. In the comments section, you, Click Opera's readers, are invited to submit binary pairs of names of cultural figures for a "battle", to be decided by me. For instance, PLATO / LAURIE ANDERSON. The binaries don't have to work in the same field or have any logical relationship with each other.

4. The figures can be living or dead, male or female, philosophers, writers, designers, film-makers, musicians. They just need to have made some recognized cultural contribution. (MOMUS is disallowed.)

5. The winner of each mini-battle will go forward to fight the winner of the next mini-battle, in strictly chronological order of comments received. The loser will drop out of the league.

6. I don't have to know all the work of the person suggested, but I do need to have heard of them and have some kind of opinion or prejudice about their work.

7. At midnight, Berlin time, a winner will be declared: Click Opera's Greatest Cultural Figure.

8. During the day, the name at the bottom of this entry will reflect the cultural figure currently in the lead.

9. This is also an exercise in how much you the readers can skew and sway the selection process by making the binary selections in the first place.

10. In other words, this is also an awareness exercise about the framing of questions in polls, or the framing of aesthetic and philosophical polarities (eg Cage v. Branca).

Currently in the lead: Oscar Wilde Bruno Munari Fyodor Dostoyevsky Samuel Beckett Jacques Tati Shuji Terayama Florian Schneider William Butler Yeats Serge Gainsbourg The Buddha Ingmar Bergman Soren Kierkegaard John Cage William Shakespeare Jorge Luis Borges Franz Kafka Brian Eno Marcel Duchamp Josef Beuys Geoffrey Chaucer Lawrence Sterne Jean Cocteau Edith Sitwell Georges Bataille Homer Goethe Pier Paolo Pasolini Italo Calvino Beatrix Potter Lord Whimsy Eye Yamataka Jean-Luc Godard Lewis Carroll William Blake Brigitte Fontaine Paul Klee Rainer Maria Rilke Bertolt Brecht



And so we have a winner. Poet, dramatist and songwriter Bertolt Brecht was considered, thoughout the neo-conservative period (1979 - 2008), the mouthpiece of a laughable, dead ideology. And yet now, as the late zeroes start to resemble more and more the late 1920s in which Brecht burst to fame with his Threepenny Opera, and as the entire world takes on the recessionary mantle of a Weimar Republic or a Mahagonny, Brecht's themes are fresher than whitewash and more topical than tomorrow's paper. This is a man, after all, who wrote a song called On The Stimulating Impact of Cash. My personal favourite of his plays is The Good Person of Szechuan, which could very plausibly be set in the Szechuan of today.

I'm delighted that Brecht has been nominated and elected the Greatest Cultural Figure of All Time, and I can see from his faint, cigar-smokey sage smile that he's quietly pleased too.

To celebrate, I'd like to play you Robyn Archer's version of a trenchant song by Brecht and Eisler:

Ballad on Approving of the World (stereo mp3 file, 7.9MB, 4 mins 16 secs).

536CommentReplyShare


(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)

Oscar Wilde vs Laetitia Sadier


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)

Oscar has it by a pun!


ReplyThread Parent Expand



(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)

Werner Herzog vs Galileo Galilei


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)

Galileo, by the sun! And between Galileo and Oscar Wilde, Oscar, because Galileo inverted just one idea, but Oscar inverted many.


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)

Bruno Munari vs. Haruki Murakami

A splendid way to spend the day!

-r


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)

Bruno for his elegance and optimism, by Toutatis!

And between Bruno Munari and Oscar Wilde, Bruno wins, for his greater freshness (they both have an appeal for children, though).


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)

mark e. smith v chick murray


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)

Mark E. Smith could get ahead this time! No Kicker Conspiracy here! Man Whose Head Expanded!

And between Mark and Bruno Munari, Bruno, because he's less chippy and regional.


ReplyThread Parent
aienn
aienn
aienn
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)

Dostoevsky vs Tolstoy


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)

Oh, Dostoyevsky, for sure! Much better understanding of evil, perversity, stupidity.

Between Bruno Munari and Dostoyevsky... hmm. Dostoyevsky. There are limits to visual culture, after all.


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)

Kayne West vs Barack Obama


ReplyThread
xavierblancmang
Xavier Blancmange
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)

Samuel Beckett/Neil Hannon


ReplyThread Parent Expand


(no subject) - (Anonymous) Expand


eptified
eptified
H. Duck
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)

Studs Terkel vs. Ivor Cutler


ReplyThread
reggie_c_king
reggie_c_king
Reggie Chamberlain-King
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)

Jonathan Meades vs. Vivian Stanshall


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)

Meades v Stanshall? Stanshall, by all the stars!

And between Stanshall and Tati? Tati. Bigger vision.


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)

shigeru miyamoto vs. osamu tezuka


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)

Between Miyamoto and Tezuka, Tezuka. But Tezuka doesn't beat Tati.


ReplyThread Parent
junkietrash
1
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)

Shuji Terayama vs Stanley Kubrick


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)

Terayama. Kubrick is pompous and doesn't really challenge his own society's values enough.


ReplyThread Parent Expand



(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)

Florian Schneider vs Prince


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)

Florian Schneider v Prince? Schneider. Nothing sounded like Kraftwerk in the 70s. Arguably, they also changed black music more profoundly than Prince did. But between Schneider and Terayama? Hmm, Schneider. Less camp.


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)

Tim Berners-Lee vs Anne Frank


ReplyThread
xavierblancmang
Xavier Blancmange
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)

W.B.Yeats/J.S.Bach


ReplyThread Parent Expand


jwm
jwm
Angry Monkey
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)

Chuck D vs Chuck Jones


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)

Chuck D v Chuck Jones? Jones takes it, but doesn't dislodge Schneider.


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)

Egor Letov V Bon Jon Jovi
Sergey Kuryokhin V Damien Hirst


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)

Egor Letov V Bon Jon Jovi
Sergey Kuryokhin V Damien Hirst


You've submitted two, and I don't know Letov or Kuryokhin, so I'm passing.


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)

serge gainsbourg vs. john lennon


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)

Gainsbourg v Lennon? Gainsbourg. And Gainsbourg v Yeats? Hmm, Gainsbourg again.


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)

Kahimi Karie vs Joe Howe


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)

KK v Joe Howe? Joe, because he contains in one person all the energy of Shibuya-kei. Between Joe Howe and Serge Gainsbourg? Gainsbourg maintains a narrow lead.


ReplyThread Parent

imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)

Marx v Buddha? Buddha. Marxism doesn't yet qualify as a major world religion, and Buddhism is the best.


ReplyThread Parent



(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)

Ingmar Bergman vs Marcel Proust


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)

Bergman over Proust. And Bergman over Buddha, who didn't have Sven Nykvist for cameraman.


ReplyThread Parent
eptified
eptified
H. Duck
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)

..huh. Not familiar with Terkel? (That is a tremendous shame, if so)

I'll go with Bertrand Russell vs Pete Seeger, then. And if that doesn't cut it,

Soren Kierkegaard vs Jon Stewart


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)

Kierkegaard, who also dislodges current leader Ingmar Bergman.


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)

Bob Dylan vs Harry Partch


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)

Dylan v Partch, Partch wins for formal inventiveness. Partch doesn't quite displace Kierkegaard.


ReplyThread Parent
electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)

Bolan vs Byron! Renato vs Gaius Iulius Caesar Octavianus! Farinelli vs Kate Bush! Bessie Smith vs Asta Nielsen!

This is more boring than I thought it would be.


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)

I'm passing, just one binary, please.


ReplyThread Parent Expand




(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)

John Cage vs John Coltrane


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)

Cage over Coltrane, and Cage over Kierkegaard too.


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)

Jesus vs Leonard Cohen


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)

Cohen over Christ (can you whistle the Sermon on the Mount?) but not over Cage.


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)

Thelonious Sphere Monk vs Stravinsky


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)

Stravinsky over Monk, but not over Cage.


ReplyThread Parent

(Anonymous)
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)

Shakespeare vs Mozart


ReplyThread
imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jan. 28th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)

Shakespeare over Mozart, and also beating current leader Cage.


ReplyThread Parent Expand




(no subject) - (Anonymous) Expand

(no subject) - (Anonymous) Expand



(no subject) - (Anonymous) Expand

(no subject) - (Anonymous) Expand



(no subject) - (Anonymous) Expand