We seek to explore vandalism as an intentional mode of aesthetic expression. Adorno’s demand for a thoroughly self-conscious art might lead us to suspect that vandalism lacks the depth to adequately capture the realm of the subject, but what could be a more complete expression of the desperate cynicism of post-modern decadence than this cathartic, primal lash back against powerlessness? What more determinate aesthetic form would not import some shred of false hope for an escape that did not involve a direct and urgent confrontation with poverty and property, the precariously inflated value around which we have built ourselves.
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