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Facebook

There’s a sobering piece about Facebook in the current New York Review of Books. I’ve just been thinking I’d stay on long enough to see what happens if you ask fellow subscribers about the platform itself, e.g. whether the company’s…

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Translation as Close Reading

I find myself with very mixed feelings about translation studies becoming a recognised discipline. I really think I did the translations I’ve done in the interests of really reading the text very carefully, sinking into it, projecting what it might…

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Being a Core Sample

Geologists, in particular, use core samples to gather evidence about the past of a given bit of earth’s surface.  They drill (diamond bits – very sophisticated) a tidy tube down into the earth, through solid rock if necessary, or air or…

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Art without History

Art without History was the title of a website I once thought I would manage. It was too much for me, but it doesn’t go away.  The site would have speculated about how any one of us might make or view…

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The History of the Devil

This is the title of the second of three books Flusser wrote when he lived in Brazil (1940 – 1970), recently translated from Portuguese into English by Rodrigo Maltez Novaes (Univocal, 2014). I found it wild — uncategorizable, which was…

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Games

It seems as though Flusser began to think inventively about games at the point he began to think about language games (Wittgenstein). A very incomplete but suggestive survey of what he eventually called games would include philosophy, photography, the German…

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Flusser Studies

I’m pleased to have recently joined the editorial board of Flusser Studies (flusserstudies.net)  an on-line journal that publishes new research about Flusser’s life and work.  In a few days, a new issue about the significance of Judaism for Flusser’s thought…

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Reading Flusser

The article “The Protreptic Writer” is now available the special issue of Flusser Studies on the theme Flusser as a writer.  In it,  I try to share my own experience of reading Flusser — an experience of being persuaded, taught, in a…

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Out of Language: Photographing as Translating

My essay for The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory traces Flusser’s engagement with photography–or more exactly, of his concern with the human-device mesh he called the apparatus.  The idea of photography as an alternative to language seems to have appeared…

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Luxury

It has nothing to do with ostentation and need not be expensive. It has everything to do with inefficiency, wastefulness and impracticality. In this book, Lambert Wiesing sets out to simply describe luxury. Rather than praising or denouncing it, as…

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