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Buck-Morss on Shock and the Senses in Modern Space

“…In industrial production no less than modern warfare, in street crowds and erotic encounters, in amusement parks and gambling casinos, shock is the very essence of modern experience. The technologically altered environment exposes the human sensorium to physical shocks that… Continue reading

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Virilio on Vision and War

“After the Second World War, it became possible to sketch out a strategy of global vision, thanks to spy-satellites, drones and other video-missiles, and above all to the appearance of a new type of headquarter. The central electronic-warfare administration –… Continue reading

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Buck-Morss on Phantasmagoria

“Phantasmagorias are a technoaesthetics. The perceptions they provide are “real” enough – their impact upon the senses and nerves is still “natural” from a neurophysical point of view. But their social function is in each case compensatory. The goal is… 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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Ricoeur on Plurality, Culture and The Other

“When we discover that there are several cultures instead of just one and consequently at the time when we acknowledge the end of a sort of cultural monopoly, be it illusory or real, we are threatened with the destruction of… Continue reading

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Galison on Modes of Scientific Seeing.

“In the eighteenth century, the most appropriate scientist to draw or depict the world was a kind of sage, or a genius, who could part the curtains of experience and draw the basic form of objects as they should be… Continue reading

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Trachtenberg on Photography and memory

“The photograph’s past contains its future, a future realized when the picture is seen by a viewer, received in another’s eyes. As viewers we are the future of the past recorded in the image; we realize the presentness of that… Continue reading

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Foucault on Language

“At the moment of speaking, I would like to have perceived a nameless voice, long preceding me, leaving me merely to enmesh myself in it, taking up its cadence, and to lodge myself, when no one was looking, in its… Continue reading

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Cavell on Photography

“To say that photographs lie implies that they might tell the truth; but the beauty of their nature is exactly to say nothing, neither to lie nor not to. Then what purpose may be served, or disguised, in attempting to… Continue reading

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Azoulay on Citizenship & Photography

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