Addio, teorema

We take a photograph. Or maybe we are still deciding on whether we ought to take the photograph. The subject or event we are in want of photographing, we photograph, or ideate about whether to photograph, because the subject or event we are in want of photographing impinges upon consciousness (sometimes without us paying much…

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say goodbye, say hello

The number zero is the only true invention. The human, the inventor of the number zero, happens to be a creature (but is not necessarily the sole creature) that can understand the concept of the number zero and its most direct offspring: the ratio scale. With the advent of this remarkable invention, everything could be…

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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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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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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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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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The Persistence of Memory

Anything experienced is a memory. There is no valuable distinction between a true memory and a false memory. All memories are evidentiary. Photography and Memory are identical. Photography is Memory. Every photograph looks back. Photographs look back because they carry a past. Outside of historical time, Eurydice is invariably saved. (The light that sights the…

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Eskhaton

A painting can look painted. A painting can look like a photograph. A photograph can look like a painting. A photograph can clearly look photographed. A painting can be intentionally made to look painted. A painting can be intentionally made to look like a photograph. A photograph can be intentionally made to look like a…

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*bheue-

Imagine yourself standing in a room full of diverse objects. You begin to levitate to just a few centimeters above the floor, enough for your toes not to be able to touch the floor anymore. All of a sudden, all your muscles stiffen, and you cannot move at all. Only your eyeballs are now able…

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Imago

Analogue and digital photography both rely on a vital input: light. In analogue photography, the information we call light is analogous to the atomic structure resting on the exposed photographic film.  In digital photography, the information we call light is measured for its intensity in the form of digits and those digits are then assigned…

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