Music Festivals as Community Learning and Development
Chapter 5. A-CLD: Production of Subjectivities in the Carnival-Machine
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A-CLD: PRODUCTION OF SUBJECTIVITIES IN THE CARNIVAL-MACHINE
Carnival is an assemblage with no expressed interest, no hierarchy, and no central control; it is the desire of social becoming in the expression of wildness. I suggested in the preceding chapter that the festival is a machine for the production of the art product and the production of aesthetic consensus with a location in the production of subjectivity. It could be easy to confuse capitalism with the festival-machine and collapse one into the other. But the festival-machine existed long before contemporary capitalism.1 Capitalism decoded some of the flows of the festival-machine and allowed musicians to connect to some of these decoded flows.2 The stage produces art before and after capitalism. The festival-machine produces a wide variety of desires that can be satiated by capital exchange. The purchase of products that are associated with the festival is used to establish membership. As an act of remembrance (souvenir), purchase a CD of an artist, band, or group one loved, or contribute to the festival organization by contributing financially (even-split ticket sales, community association membership fees, etc.). There is also a list of other basics of life that need to be purchased even after the entrance fee has been paid. Food and beverage are the most significant here but may also include shelter in the form of sun protection (hats, sunglasses, sunscreen), weather protection (long-sleeve or short-sleeve shirts, which also serve as ← 87 | 88 → souvenirs; warm...
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