In The Pleasure of the Text, Barthes talks about how art is "compromised" due to the artists' efforts to destroy it. The destruction is inadequate, according to Barthes.
Question #1: Why does the artist do this?
Here's a statement (written by me, quoting Barthes) that needs major clarification:
"He concludes that 'there is a structural agreement between the contesting and the contested forms,' apart from a dialectic relationship between the art and its destruction for the production of a synthesis. Instead, there results the production of 'a third term, which is not, however, a synthesizing term but an eccentric, extraordinary term.'" (all Barthes quotes from p. 55)
Question #2: Does the inadequate destruction of the art always result in the production of an extraordinary term?
Question #3: So what are the effects of this extraordinary term? How does this affect the art and its consumption or expression?
Question #4: What if the artist inadvertently destroy their art, as might be the case with a figure like Feist?
Question #5: Is it possible to apply Barthes' thoughts about texts to other arts and their participants?