Stranded: a series of short essays presented
on ten postcards (EP1; 2008)
Visionary theorist, musician, composer, filmmaker, performance artist —
Scott Foust is a true outsider artist. Unlike most outsider artists, Foust
has a clear world view grounded in reality. For over three decades Foust
has pounded away at The Spectacle, employing a wide array of aesthetic
approaches with neither public nor financial support. Foust’s hermeneutics lie
at the strange crossroads between Guy Debord and Oscar Wilde. If Foust’s
ideas seem idealistic and impractical at first, it is only because being against
power and for beauty is always idealistic and impractical. His Swill Radio
record label, founded in 1983, has released not only his own work, but LPs
by The Shadow Ring, Asmus Tietchens, and Ralf Wehowsky among others.
His longest running musical project, Idea Fire Company (founded with
long time associate Karla Borecky in 1988) — while not having the bloated
catalogue of many contemporary bands — produced three of the finest,
if still unknown LPs of the last decade: Anti-Natural, Stranded, and The
Island Of Taste. In 1997 Foust, along with Borecky and Dr. Timothy Shortell,
founded the Anti-Naturals, an art and theory group which has few but
dedicated members worldwide.
Some excerpts from Stranded:
Gods, god, or higher consciousness, it is now and always has
been an easy way to control the rubes, keeping the ‘faithful’
opposed to practical investigation of the actual lives we lead.
— from The Age of Reason
My worry is that this temporal distortion, induced as another
diversionary tactic by The Spectacle, will further diminish the
already diminished ability of most people to concentrate.
The ability to concentrate and to make aesthetic and scientific
decisions is the most dangerous thing of all to Power.
— from Speed and The Decline of Aesthetic Judgments
No matter how ‘well-meaning’ the dogma, it always amounts
to a willful ignorance, and stupidity has never been a good
problem-solving mechanism, except, of course, in service of
the world’s owners (at your expense).
— from Believe Results
The idea that there is an ‘authentic self’, yearning to be
removed from the poison of society, just waiting to escape
and express itself, is a ridiculous and worthless fallacy.
— from How To Turn Yourself Into An Art Object (Part 1)
Other titles include: Melancholy Index, Smoking is Green,
Abandon Ship!, How To Turn Yourself Into An Art Object
(Part 2), Join The Team!, and Stranded.