Nicolas Bourriaud. Postproduction. Culture as Screenplay: How art reprograms the world.

INTRODUCTION. IT’S SIMPLE, PEOPLE PRODUCE WORKS, AND WE DO WHAT WE CAN WITH THEM, WE USE THEM FOR OURSELVES. (SERGE DANEY) Postproduction is a technical term from the audiovisual vocabulary used in television, film, and video. It refers to the set of processes applied to recorded material: montage, the inclusion of other visual or audio sources, subtitling, voice-overs, and special effects. As a set of activities linked to the service industry and recycling, postproduction belongs to the tertiary sector, as opposed to the industrial or agri- cultural sector, i.e., the production of raw materials. Since the early nineties, an ever … Continue reading Nicolas Bourriaud. Postproduction. Culture as Screenplay: How art reprograms the world.

Eduardo Cadava on Auguste Blanqui and Eternal Return, in his thesis Words of Light.

ETERNAL RETURN. – The thought of the eternal return is a thought of technological reproducibility. It is, as Benjamin puts it, “a dream of the amazing discoveries yet to come in the area of reproductive technology” (GS 5:429). Turning “the historical event itself into a mass article” (ibid.), it says that time repeats itself endlessly. This means, however, that what is repeated is a process of becoming, a movement of differentiation and dispersion-and what is differentiated and dispersed is time itself. There can be no passing moment that is not already both the past and the future: the moment must … Continue reading Eduardo Cadava on Auguste Blanqui and Eternal Return, in his thesis Words of Light.

Alfred Russel Wallis On the Importance of Dust.

The Importance of Dust: A Source of Beauty and Essential to Life (S547: 1898) Editor Charles H. Smith’s Note: This essay, incongruously slipped into The Wonderful Century (S726) in 1898, represents one of the best examples of Wallace’s talent as a popular expositor. [[p. 69]] When the lamp is shattered, The light in the dust lies dead; When the cloud is scattered, The rainbow’s glory is shed. —Shelley. How beautiful is the rain! After the dust and heat, In the broad and fiery street, In the narrow lane, How beautiful is the rain! —Longfellow.     The majority of persons, if asked … Continue reading Alfred Russel Wallis On the Importance of Dust.

Jean Baudrillard on Apocalypse Now.

“one has understood nothing, neither about the war nor about cinema if one has not grasped this lack of distinction that is no longer either an ideological or moral one, one of good and evil, but of the reversibility of destruction and production, of the immanence of a thing in its very revolution, of the organic metabolism of all the technologies, of the carpet of bombs in the strip of film”………. Continue reading Jean Baudrillard on Apocalypse Now.

Dust Analysis.

“The air may seem clear at Bodega Head, 40 miles up the coast from San Francisco — but thousands of particles smaller than red blood cells drift in each cubic foot. Some have traveled a single mile; others, thousands. Prather’s machine sniffs them one by one, with a precision that no human nose can match. Its laser vaporizes five or six per second, spattering their guts across an ion detector, producing the chemical barcodes she peruses. A digital tally twirls alongside, like an odometer, too quickly to read — over 4,600 particles vaporized so far this morning”. Continue reading Dust Analysis.