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Reality is perfection. Nothing outdoes reality, warts and all. Ironically, the most perfect painting happens to be a photograph. Paintings are merely the result of (the intentional or unintentional) poor use of Photoshop (coupled with the use of an expensive and very good 3D printer). Photographs are very cheap illustrations, especially the digital kind; underlying…

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The Dream of Eve

The brain is a model. A visual percept is an internal representation of an external phenomenon. There is no such thing as an internal percept of an internal phenomenon. An internal percept is inside; it being inside, it is inside. An internal representation of an internal phenomenon is an internal representation. That internal representation is…

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I(:) met you

Picture yourself in an art gallery eyeing the mysterious beauty of some post-modern painterly disaster hanging on one of the gallery walls. Conceive now the world you are standing in, the very same world that holds in its bosom those atrocious paintings hanging on the gallery walls, as one unitary painterly mess. Yourself now, as Pantocrator,…

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The Investiture of that Name

Paintings are atemporal; a painting can be painted at any time. History is the history of the photograph. History, then, is the history of colour. Following Runge, white and black are to be treated as colours and not as transparencies. Colour is colourful but must still appear to appear as such. Following Heraclitus very loosely,…

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To know, or not to know, and to know – the question of evidence

I stand still at the end of an empty street. Looking down the street, I observe the street lamps growing smaller as they recede into the distance. Identical street lamps simply do not grow smaller as they recede into the distance. I merely have to approach each one in turn to verify that indeed they…

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The Lugubrious Game

In my last blog post (click here to read), I made my most concrete attempt to date at defining ‘the photographic’. In that blog post, I argued to the effect that ‘the photographic’ is the simulacrum. Implied emphasis on the use of the definite article preceding the word simulacrum should not be taken lightly, for…

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