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Kracauer on Photography and History

“…the photographic media help us to overcome our abstract­ness by familiarizing us, for the first time as it were, with “this Earth which is our habitat” (Gabriel Marcel); they help us to think through things, not above them. Otherwise expressed, the photographic media make it much easier for us to incorporate the transient… Continue reading

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Donato on The Museum

“The set of objects the Museum displays is sustained only by the fiction that they somehow constitute a coherent representational universe. The fiction is that a repeated metonymic displacement of fragment for totality, object to label, series of objects to… Continue reading

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Krauss on The Grid

“In the spatial sense, the grid states the autonomy of the realm of art. Flattened, geometricized, ordered, it is anti natural, anti mimetic, anterior. It is what art looks like when it turns its back on nature. In the flatness… Continue reading

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Benjamin on The Image, The Past & The Present

“Every present is determined by those images that are synchronic with it: every Now is the Now of a specific recognisability. In it, truth is loaded to the bursting point with time. (…) It is not that the past casts… Continue reading

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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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Scheppe on Schulz-Dornburg and Seriality

“The first and most universal form in the codified articulation of Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s work consists of cycles and series based on a dismissal of the individual images’ fetishization. The principle of the sequence found its way into contemporary art via Minimalism… Continue reading

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Thrift on Violence

“violence is an expanding series of practices in which objects – many of them of a sophisticated kind – have a more than incidental place (…) increasingly, violence works to an agenda driven by the requirements of these objects, and… Continue reading

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Shinkle on Barnard and the Technological Sublime

“Technology, as Fredric Jameson writes, is a ‘distorted figuration’ of contemporary society’s other: a shorthand for the unimaginably vast global network of power and control that is the present-day system of multinational capital. Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe identifies the contemporary sublime with… Continue reading

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