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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 260–274.
Published: 01 July 2015
.... More specifically, in an “esoteric reading” of his work, read here through the optics of late medieval Neoplatonism, the article claims that the key to understanding Virilio’s work resides in a Neoplatonic metaphysics of light rather than a social-theoretics of speed. As such, it argues that Virilio is...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2018) 14 (3): 327–343.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Luciferian aspiration achieved hegemonic dominance to occupy the core of cultural life. We are now in a position to look back on Rothko’s Chapel and ask ourselves if, in this newly dawned Age of Light, there still is, as the painter seems to have suggested, a dark side, a zone of inner, hidden depth, and if...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2008) 4 (2): 201–220.
Published: 01 July 2008
... contemplate, in light of Baudrillard’s death in March 2007, the posthumous meaning of his cultural and theoretical endeavors and his efforts to enhance our understanding and appreciation of visual culture. Attention is paid to the central theme of the sign, both literally and theoretically, and to the...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2005) 1 (1): 119–134.
Published: 01 March 2005
... infringement regarding a sampled image). Garnett explains her sense of the continued relevance and critical potential of art in light of these challenges, specifically the uses of painting in an age of mass production and digital technology. © BERG 2005 PRINTED IN THE UK 2005 I am crazy for images. I...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2007) 3 (3): 327–356.
Published: 01 November 2007
... hyperboles, formulated from the standpoint of the exemplary victims of the century’s madness, the murdered Jews of Europe: the definition of the twentieth century as the age of that great collapse of civilization symbolized in such names as Auschwitz and Treblinka. Even were one empirically to bring to light...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2007) 3 (3): 275–306.
Published: 01 November 2007
... metaphysics of knowledge and light, but also as a universal acceleration, a becoming lighter. Freedom of movement has served as the basis of our autonomy ever since the days of the mechanization of the world picture. Borrowing a concept from the German writer and “eroticist of steel,” Ernst Jünger, Sloterdijk...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2018) 14 (2): 153–173.
Published: 01 July 2018
.... Yet it is quite obvious that such a profound transformation of power, which has now become manifest, makes it necessary to rethink not just individuation and subjectivation 17 but requires us to revise, in light of the new regime of envirogenic technologies, other fundamental categories profoundly...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2013) 9 (2): 117–143.
Published: 01 July 2013
...—in other words, metaphysics—which, accepting the paralogy 1 of self-foundation, persists in reflecting on foundations. The break is reinforced by the Vienna Circle, most of whose members emigrated to Britain or America. The task of foundation is decreed to be of no interest. The fact remains...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 246–259.
Published: 01 July 2015
... what audiovisual engineers refer to as a “signal” ( Watkinson 2001 : 251) or what physicists describe as “electromagnetic” energy levels that can be tabulated by counting atoms and molecular structures, levels of energy of radiation, or kinetic energy. Biologists sometimes refer to energy as “light...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2011) 7 (3): 371–390.
Published: 01 November 2011
... emerged, but then, with all the hubris of Enlightenment rationalism, the conception of the early forms was extended to include – as well as fetishism – polytheism, monotheism, and all metaphysical forms of deism. All these subsequent theocratic forms for Comte involved the existence of a hidden realm of...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2007) 3 (3): 357–380.
Published: 01 November 2007
... consists of three stages. After a metaphysical globalization that begins with the pre-Socratic “global” mapping of the universe, a terrestrial globalization starts in 1492 with the “nautical ecstasies” of European powers which led to the discovery of the different continents. The last sentence of Sphären...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2010) 6 (2): 207–228.
Published: 01 July 2010
... it gives a powerful and rigorous account of the historical time of technical development and progression which overturns and moves beyond the metaphysical assumptions, teleological, eschatological, indeed anthropological, which underpin the dominant discourse on technology that Fukuyama's arguments...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2011) 7 (2): 165–188.
Published: 01 July 2011
... or metaphysical dimension of life, that is, passions and values. “Radical nihilism,” on the other hand, takes the negation of this world to its logical extreme, the annihilation of the actual world for the sake of passions and values. And the scene is set: passions that cannot find a world versus a...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 145–161.
Published: 01 July 2015
... consciousness, which under the metaphysical designation absolute subject constitutes its world and particularly the temporal flux of its temporal objects, and a cinematic consciousness, captured by the technics of its tertiary retentions, already suggests the relation of self-immunization that has interested...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 163–183.
Published: 01 July 2015
... create a disjointed rectangular area flanked on either side by two more obliquely angled screens, each showing different segments of the work. It is impossible to see all six screens simultaneously, so the viewer must decide how to navigate the labyrinth-like space of flickering light and syncopated...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2013) 9 (3): 280–295.
Published: 01 November 2013
... these errors. Accidents are not trivial, nor should they be unanticipated; they are “programmed” into every technology, yet ever since Aristotle accidents have been relegated to a residual category of analysis. Aristotle's Metaphysics reasoned that they are not to be taken as a proper object of...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2013) 9 (2): 170–187.
Published: 01 July 2013
... painter Sam Francis (like Cage a student of Zen and Jung) as producing a “subtle yet radical transposition that uncomfortably detaches us from a simple metaphysics of plenitude [characteristic of Francis's self-reflections].” It is just this sort of profitable “transposition” enacted in Lyotard's...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2011) 7 (3): 431–444.
Published: 01 November 2011
... alternative are just too difficult to think through (Baudrillard 2004a: 39; 2005: 47). Maurice Dantec, too, sees the world as being replaced by what he calls a metaphysical simulacrum, a kind of consensual reality based on the dogma of positivist numerical science, and whose restricted concepts of space...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2010) 6 (2): 133–156.
Published: 01 July 2010
... Stiegler is involved with, these engagements are built upon his unrelenting effort to bring technics back from the margins of the founding – and persisting – metaphysical framing of the questions of being and becoming. This “recovery” is also a demonstration of the nagging persistence of technics in...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2008) 4 (1): 100–122.
Published: 01 March 2008
..., such as dawn or a turn in the weather. These events are offered as meaning nothing whatever, nor are they offered in the guise of any kind of pathetic fallacy or symbolism. Thus: When the evening light, falling in the wood somewhere, turns its tree trunks gold . . . Wenn das Abendlicht, irgendwo im...