Just remember what it is you wish for

Both memory and the act of remembering originate in mindfulness. To be mindful is to have knowledge, but also to take care. A memory is a memory of and to remember is to remember because… Therefore, if memory is equated with knowledge, neigh, if memory is indistinguishable from knowledge, the contents of memory can be…

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À Dieu, Dasein

Who are you? Marco. What are you? I am…  Having to state its case, Dasein would not make recourse to being, or assume being, to explain its being… Who/what are you? (simply) Dasein. Dasein is simultaneously identity and substance. Dasein’s concern with its being is concern about that seemingly non-deferrable concern about seemingly needing to…

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The White Rabbit (Part 3 of 3)

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. The Holy Bible: Genesis. 3:16 Why is this world the only possibility for alterity? In the light of the day,…

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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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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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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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Atomised

It is common knowledge that the relationship analogue photography has with light is different from the relationship digital photography has with light. In the former case, the relationship with light is non-arbitrary; in the latter case, the relationship with light is arbitrary. Can we use this perceived relational difference these two types of photography have…

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Defining ‘the photographic’

Vermeer was a painter. He painted photographs. This is to say that ‘the photographic’ has been with us for a very long time, at least since the happy discovery of daubing paint on walls and stuff.  Paintings evince ‘the photographic’; but ‘the photographic’ could have only become known and identified as such with the invention…

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Curating the Archive

The prima materia of perception is not the world. The prima materia of perception is memory. As our eyes linger on the object of their gaze, the memory gives way to what is really being seen. The eyes do not travel; they travel with the body.  Charles Sanders Peirce established a trichotomy of signs, which Silverstein explains thus: “the…

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