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”

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”