.085 HE KEXIN
“From the singularity of 9/11 to the multiplicity of signs and their mutations that constituted the Beijing Olympic Games to the multitude that sought to contest a theretofore hegemonic truth. Two information bombs, one nuclear and one genetic, one primarily optic and the other primarily haptic. Where does the political take up from these new aesthetics? It is no longer simply a matter of tracing property forms and lines of ownership, nor a matter of developing a weapon to continue the political by other means. Can politics be resurrected in the liminality between the embodied everyday and the fractalization of space made possible by the camera and screen? If the contemporary condition of our grey ecology is marked by the finitude of extensive planetary space, the pollution of our lived distances by real-time transmission, and the temporary reprieve offered by the foldings and tremblings of the data-virtual, we can ask no less of a question today.”
Smith, S. (2009). La bombe philosophique: An archaeology of the stereoscopic present (or, sporting through the shrapnel). In P. Virilio, H. von Amelunxen & D. Burk (Eds.), Grey ecology (97-113). New York: Atropos Press.
December 14, 2011