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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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Solnit on the Californian Landscape

“One of the reasons often given to explain why the American film industry settled in Hollywood is Southern California’s ability to simulate almost any part of the world: it has lush agricultural areas, deserts, mountains, forests, oceans and open space… Continue reading

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Kozloff on the Melancholy Landscape

“…the picture of nature today may testify to the damage men have done to their environment, a damage possibly so extreme as to hasten human and animal fate. With both the earlier moralizing tradition and the current instance of it,… Continue reading

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Agamben on History, Memory and Forgetting

“Despite the efforts of historians, scribes, and all sorts of archivists, the quantity of what is irretrievably lost in the history of society and in the history of individuals in infinitely greater than what can be stored in the archives… Continue reading

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Blanchot on the Object, the Image and Distance

“After the object comes the image. “After” means that the thing must first take itself off a ways in order to be grasped. But this remove is not the simple displacement of a moveable object which would nevertheless remain the… Continue reading

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Cadava on Benjamin, Photography and Death

“…the photographic event reproduces, according to its own faithful and deathbringing manner, the posthumous character of our lived experience. The home of the photographed is the cemetery.” — Eduardo Cadava “Mortification” in Words of Light: Theses on the Photography of History (1997)

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Mulvey on the Figure of the Woman

“Woman then stands in patriarchal culture as signifier for the male other, bound by a symbolic over in which man can live out his phantasies and obsessions through linguistic command by imposing them on the silent image of woman still… Continue reading

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