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”

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”

Baroque

Situating your awareness of the ruins (of history and nature) in the present creates a scene where the distance between culture/nature collapses. Culture, as the short cycle of modern materials and their artificial cycle rapid in degeneration and violent destruction, and nature, as a slime dynamics of materia, have never been mutually exclusive categories. …andContinue reading “Baroque”

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”

Baroque Ruins

History as a continuum of disaster. The concern of art is to present something enduring, yet something time-bound. In consequence it takes up the history of ruins, in its ‘material content,’ as a means of discovering ‘truth content.’ In Trauerspeil Benjamin writes, “Ultimately, in the death-signs of the baroque the direction of allegorical reflection isContinue reading “Baroque Ruins”

Anthropocene(tric)

Anthropocene is too anthropocentric – it suffices, of course, since by the very designation we are declaring anthropos as geological agent. But just as earth itself is an active agent (we humans aren’t just the only actors on a global scale), equally there is a lot of action in outer space. Anthropocene may be tooContinue reading “Anthropocene(tric)”

The Weary Nihilist

“A flesh that rots, decays, and dies.  We are beings that not only think being, but that are beings among beings.  What are we to do with that fleshiness of being, of existence; a fleshiness that endures entropy, that decays, that dies?  How can we redeem that flesh when we’ve abandoned all transcendent realms, allContinue reading “The Weary Nihilist”

Glossary for Mineralizing the Imagination

A glossary I made up to be available during the next exhibition… AGENCY No doubt the work is always a visible reality added to the other realities of the world, having its own concrete fact. The contents are evoked – the category of the ‘evocative picture’ stands tall throughout all of modern painting – andContinue reading “Glossary for Mineralizing the Imagination”