The Splenic Gaze

“The allegories of bourgeois culture do not find their truth content in an image of redeemed life, but, conversely, in an image of catastrophe. “Progress as catastrophe,” [in Benjamin’s language] therefore, is the sign under which the ruins of bourgeois civilization present themselves for decipherment to the splenic gaze of the allegorist, ‘The idea ofContinue reading “The Splenic Gaze”

Apocalyptic Conditions of a Future Time

  You can imagine that in a hundred million years, the world map will be unrecognizable, along with the creatures that inhabit the territory. Certain tendencies in Earth’s past may reemerge, like the trope of supercontinents. It is now thought that many supercontinents have come together and broke apart in the deep time of theContinue reading “Apocalyptic Conditions of a Future Time”

I Am Made of Catastrophes

  As both an embodied body and an abstract will I am headed towards catastrophe. Being is mortal. Death is the ultimate horizon, the condition of which being-there is no longer there. I want to be an authentic human being. It is essential to project my life onto the horizon of my death in orderContinue reading “I Am Made of Catastrophes”

Accidents on a Planetary Scale

  Whenever a new technology emerges there also emerges simultaneously the consequences of its accident. The accident is inherent to every technology. It seems that because of globalization, which is the satellization of the City into an orbital function, we have now laid the grounds for global accidents. (Virllio). We are no longer in aContinue reading “Accidents on a Planetary Scale”

Catastrophism

ca·tas·tro·phe / kəˈtastrəfē/ noun: an event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering; a disaster. “a national economic catastrophe” synonyms:     calamity, cataclysm, havoc, ruin, ruination, tragedy; More adversity, trouble, trial, tribulation “the flood of ’82 was the worst catastrophe in the town’s history” the denouement of a drama, especially a classical tragedy   CatastrophiaContinue reading “Catastrophism”

Speculations on Anonymous Materials

  presentation by Iain Hamilton Grant – “The Speculations on Anonymous Materials symposium brings together different approaches in philosophy, which in their own way all aim to go beyond modern and postmodern thinking. The symposium is based on the following hypothesis: The fundamental technological, scientific and socio-political changes at the beginning of the 21st centuryContinue reading “Speculations on Anonymous Materials”

Imagine Scales That Exceed You

“In relation to the history of organic life of earth,” writes a modern biologist, “the paltry fifty millennia of homo sapiens constitutes something like two seconds at the close of a twenty-four hour day. On this scale, the history of civilized mankind would fill one-fifth of the last second of the last hour.” The present,Continue reading “Imagine Scales That Exceed You”

I am Catastrophe

Shoreline Living near the coast of Lake Michigan I find myself in the liminal space where things are always changing. As an artist I go to the shoreline frequently to absorb the atmosphere. The motions, colors and layers permeate through my head. I observe the masses of concrete, rusty walls and the hovel of oldContinue reading “I am Catastrophe”

Beyond Evocation

  Beyond Evocation The evocative object emerged out of the condition of viewing the painting as a thing produced by the human mind, as painting through which the human mind could contemplate itself. Stylistic forms would vary, of course, and there were several differences and rifts between the methods and constructions of this kind ofContinue reading “Beyond Evocation”