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”

Grass Will Grow Over Your Cities

We live upon ruins. History is the progressive accumulation of ruin upon ruin. In the end, capitalism – that abstract monstrosity of a totality – would’ve been a machine for the production of ruins. If I was to choose among the artworld elite, upon the transnational roll call of celebrity artists, then one of myContinue reading “Grass Will Grow Over Your Cities”