Immediatism

Immediatism

[ih-mee-dee-uh-tiz-uhm]
Immediatism is a political philosophy embracing the virtues of immediate social interactions with people as a means of countering the antisocial consequences of consumerist capitalism.

Anarchist philosopher Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey) construed immediatism as a theory of artistic practice in his essay "Immediatism". He wrote that "Real art is play, & play is one of the most immediate of all experiences. He theorized that the best way to create a non-hierarchical system of social relationships is to concentrate on the present and on releasing one's own mind from the controlling mechanisms that have been imposed on it. The theory itself has a strong emphasis on fresh and personal art as a means of connecting people and subverting the system. It is however adverse to mass-produced art, however subversive its original intent. Its concern is to reduce the amount of mediation between the art and the person experiencing the art. For example, an improvised music session with friends is a much more immediate experience than listening to pre-recorded music from a CD. Wilson thought that the locations of such improvised, non-mediated play were Temporary Autonomous Zones.

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  • http://www.left-bank.org/bey/immediat.htm

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