Incidentally, the refrigerator, unlike the wing back chair, did, in fact, exist. It was your typical white appliance, but with a black grid painted across the door. She was an artist. It was a concept piece. She called it Low-Rise. She said it was a comment on the commodification of culture. She said the grid was symbolic of media industries that subvert high culture when they make the bottom line their top priority, rather than the preservation of cerebral aesthetics. She said mass produced culture targets low, non-cerebral aesthetics because non-cerebral aesthetics are consumed on a scale that maximizes profit margins. She said the commodification of culture is a phenomenon that has reshaped the political economy. When he asked her what the political economy was made of, she quoted Vincent Mosco: “It’s the social relations, and particularly the power relations, that mutually constitute the production, distribution, and consumption of resources.” As she ran her hand over the black grid she laughed and told him that money was not the root of all evil, it was the root of all vacuity. The never-ending hunt for bigger profit margins has put ‘art’ on the shelves of supermarkets, she said.
*excerpt from Auctumnum: The Omnibus Edition of Taxicab to Wichita and Bus Back to Omaha