July 07, 2004
Rozz Tox

I found Gary Panter's blog today, and with it my first exposure to the Rozz Tox manifesto, first "run [in 1979], item by item, in the LA Reader's free personals, week by week, for free." It ain't the Futurists or SCUM, but also, it ain't the Futurists and it ain't SCUM.

Item 1: The avant-guard is no corpus. It merely lies in shock after an unfortunate bout with it's own petard. It feigns sleep, but one eye glitters and an involuntary twitch in the corner of the mouth belies a suppressed snicker. The giggle of coming awake at one's own funeral dressed in atomic TV beatnik furniture. A mutant with a mission.

Item 2: There are twenty years left in the twentieth century. Twenty years to reap the rewards and calamities that have been put in motion in this period. At this time a current of aesthetic function is emerging: the inevitable culmination of concepts and experiments pioneers and conducted in this century. We declare society an amusement park and on to be dead reckoned with.
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Item 7: Profound faith in glamour is a sure fire way to to not see that you kill what you eat.
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Item 15: Law: If you want a better media, go make it

[also, note "Joshua White, of the legendary Fillmore East's Joshua Lightshow, and Gary Panter present a supersized lightshow, with live and taped music. July 15-18, 2004, at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, (at 2nd St.) New York City (212) 505-5181."]

Posted by dbrown at July 07, 2004 07:19 PM
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