1. Roland Barthes - Death of The Author / Pleasure of The Text
Barthes argues against the method of reading and criticism that relies on aspects of the author's identity—their political views, historical context, religion, ethnicity, psychology, or other biographical or personal attributes—to distill meaning from the author's work.
In this type of criticism, the experiences and biases of the author serve as a definitive "explanation" of the text. For Barthes, this method of reading may be apparently tidy and convenient but is actually sloppy and flawed: "To give a text an author" and assign a single, corresponding interpretation to it "is to impose a limit on that text".
The sign. The signifier and the signified, and the “associative total of the two” which is the sign. Examples of signs: bouquet of roses signifying passion; black pebble signifying death.
Sign in language (Saussure): the signifier is the acoustic form of the word, the signified is the mental concept, the word itself is the sign as a sum of both.
Myth: the “second-level” sign, or ‘second-level’ semiological system. The signifier in such a system is already a complete sign that already contains a signifier and a signified. The signified is “added on top” of that existing structure, so we get a sign of double complexity which is a myth.
The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the Author.
Myth uses all suitable existing signs as its signifiers: not only written speech, but also pictures, artistic representations, cultural phenomena, etc., that already have some meaning, but acquire some additional meaning when they are used as myths.
Barthes asserted that the text is merely a product of other texts and can only be understood through those other texts. Individual authorship of works is to be replaced by intertextuality.
Barthes argues that, once published, the text is no longer under the control of the author and that the author is irrelevant.
2. Tekno Acid Beat - PTV
During the 1988-1992 period of PTV, Fred Giannelli, Dave Ball from Soft Cell, Richard Norris who later formed the Grid with Dave Ball, John Gosling, engineer Richard Evans and other techno artists released music not only as Psychic TV, but also a variety of 'fake' names.
The second fake compilation released by Psychic TV in the early part of their acid house phase. The idea behind this was to release 'compilations' of these imaginary artists, creating a sense that a healthy acid house scene existed in the UK.
Psychic TV, 1991 ~ Acid House Era
The key studio albums of this period were Jack the Tab – Acid Tablets Volume One, Tekno Acid Beat, Towards Thee Infinite Beat and Beyond Thee Infinite Beat (2x12" remixes which could be played at 33 or 45 rpm), as almost all of the live shows in this period were based around the songs on these albums.From '88-90 PTV was very stable as a live unit and did more gigs and touring than any other version of PTV before or after. A long tour of the USA and UK in 1988, Europe in 1989 and another long tour of the United States in 1990.
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→ Boot Boyz Biz is a bootleg t-shirt initiative beginning in 2015.
→ We design and print garments and other objects in limited edition using images both original and appropriated, referencing a wide range of phenomena.
→ We're interested in distributing ideas and myths linked to histories we take interest in.
→ We operate as publishers and archivists.
→ Activating knowledge that various phenomena have given us is essential to our project.