All Dead Things

‘The photographic’ is the nothing. ‘The photographic’ is a metaphor. ‘The photographic’ is a metaphor for our love just as it is also a metaphor for the greenness of the trees. All ‘the photographic’ can teach us is that that’s how it is. Together we reached the door to the origin and now we must…

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Genealogy of ‘the photographic’

Prior to the modern movement in the visual arts, painting was an exercise in incomplete realism. Painters had already disavowed that which would interest Heidegger and that which Heidegger would go on to question. Their painterly exercises in incomplete realism, though, attest to the fact that painters, seemingly not interested in philosophy, had through the…

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The Wizard of Oz

In essence, Art has always been a trace of alterity. But at some point in the nineteenth century there seems to have occurred a very curious development, namely that the painter walked out and in his stead appeared the photography apparatus. With the advent of photography, the Arts were finally introduced to technology and could,…

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Thrownness, thrown

As corroborated by the Book of Genesis, the notion of poverty came to be the day Dasein felt the need to manifest its realness to itself, that is to say that poverty defined itself as such on the very day Dasein appeared to itself as Dasein. First problem experienced: If Man exists, it’s his problem.…

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An Aside

Man does not possess language. Man possesses the language of language… which is language. Since the language of language is the language of language, the language of language is least like language. Language is infinitely vaster than its language happens to be. Language and its language are an expression, a manifestation, of Dasein. Dasein is…

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The Fall

Man does not seek knowledge; he covers it. For the Ancient Greeks, the gods were not to be questioned. Later, the Christians would adopt the convenient ethical stance of refraining from questioning themselves. With the advent of photography, reality was not to be questioned further. The contradictory dogmas that attached themselves to each of these…

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Timeo Dominum transeuntem, et non revertentem

knowledge (n.): “early 12c., cnawlece ‘acknowledgment of a superior, honor, worship;’ for first element see know (v.). The second element is obscure, perhaps from Scandinavian and cognate with the -lock ‘action, process,’ found in wedlock” (HARPER 2001-2021). know (v.): “Old English cnawan (class VII strong verb; past tense cneow, past participle cnawen), ‘perceive a thing…

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Si fallor, sum

It is superfluous, in light of the present Zeitgeist, to stay arguing on whether error is or is not a strictly human phenomenon. Error, defined as “a wandering, straying, a going astray” (HARPER 2001-2021), error, therefore, whose meaning hinges on metaphorical borrowings from human actions, is necessarily to be understood as a strictly human phenomenon.…

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If I have been photographed, I am already dead

Reality is a cast; reality is the negative. This is the reason why all our photographs come out looking like positive images. And if reality is the negative, then all our thoughts and dreams now, that we think and dream we thought and dreamt then, are necessarily positive because all we retain from reality is…

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