|Kuniyasu, Geisha in a Hurry, 1816-18|
|Utamaro, Lovers in an Upstairs Room, 1788|
Neo-Baroque even at its most luxurient is the development of an ethic of description. Working with fabric is about accepting and using the limits of gravity. It's the opposite of imposing an ideal, more the attempt to develop a graceful response to existing conditions. It's about time rather than timelessness, an implicitly narrative sense of physical form. Fabric falls, draping involves slowing or manipulating the fall. But an ethic of response is also the model for historians. Historians describe, theoreticians prescribe.
|"You can't steer a wave, dude"|
The cerebral and overdetermined intellectualism of the technocrat has its parallel and antithesis in the visceral anti-intellectualism of solo extreme sport.