Lenkiewicz and the 60s.

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    Some of the recent discussion in this forum – allied to the threat of an academic symposium – has lead to the beginnings of a more serious discussion of the ideas behind the work. I'd personally like to see Lenkiewicz related to the ideas of his own times rather than his own self-cultivated image of a cabalistic medieval scholar. I'm sure others will be able to cite books which exerted a direct influence on individual projects but I'd like to suggest some key texts which had a conscious or sub-conscious influence on Lenkiewicz's beliefs:1. Herbert Marcuse "Eros and Civilisation" (1955) - a life-affirming critique of Freud and Marx and a condemnation of the socially-induced neuroses of Western society.2. Michel Foucault "Madness and Civilisation" (1961 - trans. 1965) - a history of alienation in Western culture.3. R.D.Laing "The Politics of Experience" (1967) - the bible of the 60s counterculture. What really is sane behaviour in an insane society?4. Ivan Illich "Deschooling Society" (1970) - or in Bob Dylan's words "20 years of schooling and they put you on the day shift".Look at those dates in relation to Lenkiewicz! This was what was going on at the time. What else is there?

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    If you can remember what you read in the Sixties, you weren't really there. Some Project related books, now on the Amazon wish list of every speaker at the symposium I wager.A Alvarez. 1971. The Savage God: a study of suicide.S. de Beauvoir. 1972 (trans). Old Age. Inspirational during the Old Age Project.Wilhelm Reich. 1946 (1970 trans). The Mass Psychology of Fascism.Philippe Aries. 1981. The Hour of Our Death. Possibly published after Death Project.Philippe Aries. 1965. Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life. Inspirational during the Education Project.Not relevant to the Barbican Mural's conception but a recommended guide to its themes:Frances A. Yates. 1979. The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age.

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    Francis
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    If you can remember what you read in the Sixties, you weren't really there.

    I was 10 years too late anyway.In terms of general influences, Robert's choice of book in the Philip Stokes' image on the book cover (by Jacques Derrida) is intriguing. Why Derrida? Foucault and Derrida continued an intellectual feud for many years - which side of the fence would Robert have put himself and why? In terms of specific projects, at the risk of derision, what chance of salvaging Project 18 ("Painter with Women") by citing 80s and 90s feminist writers?

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