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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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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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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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Art as Ritual

Flusser felt that the term “art”– in the West — was almost always understood either as “work”–intended to change the world—or as “communication”—intended to share something with another person.  He thought both were wrong. “The word art,” he wrote, “means…

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Revolution/Revelation

The image is a still from Paolo Ciregia’s project Perestroika, an account of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014.  It was shown as part of the Diffusion 2017 festival in Cardiff, 1 – 31 May.  Revolution was the theme…

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Protreptic Writing

I am grateful to Lambert Wiesing for having described and named a form of writing that does not set out to demonstrate the truth or value of the author’s views as such, but provides the information the reader needs to…

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How to See the World

Introducing a distinctly academic field to general readers is not easy.  In his new book How to See the World, the eminent theorist of visual culture Nicholas Mirzoeff undertakes the task of introducing visual culture to a general audience.  In…

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Made at Roaming

  Reproduced here is one of many images made recently at Roaming Penzance (see www.roamingCIC.com for more about the organization).  Given that the group meets just once a week, and then only for a few hours, there is a lot…

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