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Berardi on 1977 as Premonition

“Since 1977, the collapse of the Western mind has assumed a sneaking, subterranean, episodic trajectory, but at the threshold of the millennium, it takes on the rhythm of a precipice, of a no longer containable catastrophe. What the consciousness of… Continue reading

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Benjamin on Proust

“The eternity which Proust opens to view is convoluted time, not boundless time. His true interest is in the passage of time in its most real—that is, space-bound-form, and this passage nowhere holds sway more openly than in remembrance within… Continue reading

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Cadava on Photography & History

“We could even say that the lesson of the photograph for history — what it says about the specialization of light, about the electrical flashes of remote spirits — is that every attempt to bring the other to the light of… Continue reading

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Bergson on Time and The Instant

“Life does not flow along a slope on an axis of objective time that would serve as its channel. Although it may be a form imposed upon time’s successive instants, life always finds its primary reality in an instant. Hence,… Continue reading

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Warstat on the Damaged Image

“Pictures seem to bear the accidental scars of damage with a dignified indifference. The image seems to be sealed off in a kind of self-enclosure. Similarly, the tradition of crucifixion painting and sculpture seems to need the presence of the… Continue reading

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Rancière on Rupture and Dissensus

“This is, after all, what ‘critique’ means: separation. When Rousseau wrote his Lettre sur les spectacles, this separation was emblema­tized by the apparently innocuous description of an ancient statue, that by Johann Joachim Winckelmann of the Torso of the Belvedere. The… Continue reading

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Picon on the Landscape

“Instead of being faced with traditional machines like the locomotive or the automobile, we find ourselves more and more in contact with a world of quasi-objects, of terminals, connectors and networks. These latter no longer possess the individuality that philosophers… Continue reading

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Campany on the banality of Universal Photographic Language

“If, as we are often told, the photograph is a universal form of communication, it is only at the level of the obvious and the already understood. It is clichés and only clichés that bind us in this increasingly fragmentary… Continue reading

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Rancière on Art, Politics and Reality

“There is no ‘real world’ that functions as the outside of art. Instead, there is a multiplicity of folds in the sensory fabric of the common, folds in which outside and inside take on a multiplicity of shifting forms, in… Continue reading

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Beshty on the Neutralisation of Self

“In this model of social anomie we lose ourselves in the ebb and flow of a realised utopia of our desires. Our perpetual movement between the limbos of non-places, such as airport terminals, thruways, malls, housing developments and pre-fab communities… Continue reading

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