The conceptual art of the Seventies legitimized an increasing and ironic separation between 'art' and 'life': a separation in which the apparent liberation of imagination is revealed on close inspection to be an exercise in (self)restraint. The 'idea,' conceived but unrealized, is more easily controlled than the commodity object: a restatement of the totalitarian dominance of 'social' ' reality' over 'personal' 'reality.'
The practical inversion of this condition is tantamount to Neoism. The 'conceptual' made social decentralizes control, increases confusion and becomes an 'act of will.' Life becomes mythology - mythology becomes life.
Reactionaries will always mistake this refusal to participate in the artificial separation between the 'rational' and 'irrational' for an inversion of the control structure of social relations. They will strengthen this misconception by attempting to show a historical line running from Lautréamont onwards, and by this linear method avoiding the central paradox of such criticisms. 'Irrationality,' discussed 'rationally,' will always fall short. It is only the rejection of this duality which can bring history into focus in time for its neccessary destruction.