Category Archives: Politics

Chaban on the Documentary Image.

“The screen as a representational space offers a constant interplay between different modes of appearance which present themselves conventionally as ontological antinomies: reality and illusion, realism and fantasy, story and non- story, staged and unstaged, etc. It was probably inevitable… Continue reading

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Berlant on Normativity under Capitalism

“The desire for a less-bad bad life involves finding resting places; the reproduction of normativity occurs when rest is imagined nostalgically—that is, in the places where rest is supposed to have happened, a fantasy masquerading as screen memory or paramnesia.… Continue reading

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Didion on the San Bernadino Valley

“The Mormons settled this ominous country, and then they abandoned it, but by the time they left the first orange tree had been planted and for the next hundred years the San Bernardino Valley would draw a kind of people… Continue reading

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Frank on the West and the Pioneer

“Here was the remotest reach of pioneering, where it fell westward from the Sierras. It had to stop. There was no farther way. The Orient was not a gate but a bar. In the North, newer incentives were already there… Continue reading

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Azoulay on Potential History

See also this presentation by Ariella Azoulay from Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, in October 2012.

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Solnit on Disaster

“Disasters are, most basically, terrible, tragic and grievous, and no matter what positive side effects and possibilities they produce, they are not to be desired. But by the same measure, those side effects should not be ignored because they arise… Continue reading

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Piper on Consumerism

“The culture of unrestrained free-market capitalism feeds on the shared and foundational experience of incompleteness, inferiority – of generalised insuffuciency, or want. The experience of generalised want is created by media fabulations of a fantasy world of perpetual happiness that… Continue reading

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One off: Laurie Anderson, John Berger & Laura Mulvey.

“…men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is… Continue reading

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One off: Joel Sternfeld

  Joel Sternfeld, A Tourist at the South Street Seaport, New York, New York, July 1987, from Stranger Passing

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One off: Michelle Frankfurter.

  A short selection from the project “Destino“, by Michelle Frankfurter. More to follow.                            

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