January 27, 2009

The artist has some internal experience that produces a poem, a painting, a piece of music.  Spectators submit themselves to the work, which generates an inner experience for them.  But historically it’s a very new, not to mention vulgar, idea that the spectator’s experience should be identical to, or even have anything to do with, the artist’s.  That idea comes from an over-industrialized society which has learned to distrust magic…

Samuel R. Delany

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