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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (2): 210–221.
Published: 01 July 2015
...Mark Featherstone This article explores what one might call the dystopia of contemporary screen-based culture through a discussion of the work of Paul Virilio and Bernard Stiegler. Centrally, it explains that the screen might be seen as a negative abyss, where absolute surface creates the effect...
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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (2): 201–209.
Published: 01 July 2015
... to the source of a sublime sentiment that challenges the propaganda of progress. In “The Negative Abyss: Surface, Depth, and Violence in Virilio and Stiegler,” Mark Featherstone suggests that the essential property of the screen—absolute surface—closes the viewer off in solipsistic space and creates the effect...
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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (3): 301–314.
Published: 01 November 2015
... transposed this Japanese experience into the theoretical fiction published as L’Empire des signes ( Empire of Signs ) in 1970, Barthes seemed to find a kind of liberation in the encounter with a seductive surface of signifiers that appeared to have no transcendental underpinning. As Edmund White put...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (2): 250–258.
Published: 01 July 2017
... burst lasted from ten to sixty seconds, rapidly reducing surface temperature of the skin without numbness, oxygenating the blood and slowing the metabolic process so as to suspend, for that interval, the advance of degeneracy, while at the same time leaving the occupants rejuvenated, as if transported...
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Cultural Politics (2013) 9 (2): 219–226.
Published: 01 July 2013
..., surface opticality.” Figure 4   Nest 2 , 2011. Watercolor on watercolor paper, 15 × 20.5 inches (unframed). Figure 4 . Nest 2, 2011. Watercolor on watercolor paper, 15 × 20.5 inches (unframed). I began my study of Richter's work by copying his watercolors from reproductions...
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Cultural Politics (2008) 4 (1): 25–46.
Published: 01 March 2008
... the idea of refamiliarization as an associative reading that resituates images within networks and scenes of knowledge. The idea is proposed as a task of recovery, rather than alienation, and suggests a line between the shock-effect approach of exposure, predicated on a belief in a false surface...
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Cultural Politics (2009) 5 (1): 73–96.
Published: 01 March 2009
... . To this phobic object are contrasted the masculine virtues of totality, universality, and the absolute. On the other hand, then, in its immateriality or its accumulative finitude, philosophy also imagines a positive knowledge. Yet the archive needs be recognized as a site at, through, or around which the logical...
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Cultural Politics (2017) 13 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 March 2017
... cannot be arbitrarily minimized ( Hagemeyer 1979 : 394). In more human words: every field, that is, every event in the time-frequency diagram is a limit below which you cannot go. It is not a point. It would only be the latter if the simultaneous measurements of both time and frequency were absolutely...
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Cultural Politics (2020) 16 (2): 192–213.
Published: 01 July 2020
... on Sri Lankan politics present and past, the project refuses to engage with the issues it has raised; so absolute is the swerve enacted by both voice-over and image-stream, that we are left wondering if we have imagined it all. The project title memorializes the neo-Marxist autonomy of the people...
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Cultural Politics (2022) 18 (3): 312–329.
Published: 01 November 2022
... it necessary to mention the Trama group. This artist collective, which was active in the period 1973 to 1978, is usually considered to be the Spanish branch of Supports/Surfaces. However, it seems pertinent to clarify one point in this regard. Trama was no branch. What's more, they rejected the aesthetics...
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Cultural Politics (2009) 5 (1): 118–132.
Published: 01 March 2009
... old painting space, which had remained empty since his death in August 2004, except for the looming presence of his mural-scale painting, Gigantomachy II (1965). Nailed into the brick wall, the scarred raw linen surface of Gigantomachy II seethes with a tangle of brutish, wretched bodies, Olympian...
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Cultural Politics (2011) 7 (3): 465–476.
Published: 01 November 2011
..., and suggests that we have now entered a world conditioned by freedom without freedom and human rights without human rights. In order to understand what this means he takes us back to Abu Ghraib, where democracy, freedom, and human rights collapsed into absolute power, bondage, and sadistic violence. However...
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Cultural Politics (2013) 9 (2): 170–187.
Published: 01 July 2013
....” Yet Lyotard's (2011 [1971]: 275) description of the form-figure's effect does accurately reflect the discontinuous surfaces of Cage's works: “Energy speeds from one point of pictorial space to another, thereby preventing the eye from finding a place to rest.” On the other hand, when he invokes...
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Cultural Politics (2023) 19 (3): 297–317.
Published: 01 November 2023
...): we have a finite surface, finite biochemical-mineral combinations, and a finite amount of water ever circulating in the hydrologic cycle. This finitude is one means by which a horizon might be lost. Another is found in the exoplanetary ring of satellites surveilling the earth at all times...
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Cultural Politics (2006) 2 (1): 97–114.
Published: 01 March 2006
... of the American state war machine so as to attain a perfectibility of annihilating any adversary or potential threat and securing a global peace on a planetary scale. (This surely is but a “progression” in hyperspeed of modernity's telos of technics of absolute total war.) With New York as a city of twenty...
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Cultural Politics (2016) 12 (3): 293–309.
Published: 01 November 2016
... nitrate, fuel oil, and the spark of a detonator—shakes the earth’s surface, extending a mining company’s access to minerals. A fiber-optic cable snakes through an underground tunnel. Slight variations in temperature produce oscillations in the cable’s glass fibers, scattering the light in minute ways...
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Cultural Politics (2015) 11 (2): 163–183.
Published: 01 July 2015
... informally for the camera and then in the chillingly meticulous style of their favorite American gangster movies. The frightful, alienating power of what lies under the skin of history is brought to the surface through fictionalization. 8 Mosse’s work is shot through with literary references...
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Cultural Politics (2021) 17 (2): 228–245.
Published: 01 July 2021
...Mike Gane Abstract Two very substantial new books by Slavoj Žižek were published in early 2020; they are at two different ends of the spectrum that runs from obscure Hegelian-Lacanian philosophical reflections ( Sex and the Failed Absolute ) to uninhibited short Maoist-Leninist political...
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Cultural Politics (2021) 17 (3): 314–332.
Published: 01 November 2021
... seem to compromise the kind of “irrational belief” that Angela Dalle Vacche ( 2020 : 16) cites as a consequence of the “reality-transfer” sanctioned by photography's staging of a “direct contact between an object and its image that occurs absolutely independently of the human hand.” Accordingly...
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Cultural Politics (2014) 10 (2): 132–150.
Published: 01 July 2014
... vertical escape from the surface of the planet a matter worthy of serious consideration among engineers, planners, military strategists, and countercultural futurologists. The shift in the conception of utopia, from the lateral displacements typical of its classical formations to the vertical modes...