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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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Gesture and Necessity

The Extending Gesture colloquium in Edinburgh this past weekend was brilliant!  I think I’m gradually forming elements of the papers and discussion into coherent thoughts, usually within the context of a given word or phrase. The idea of necessity in connection with…

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gestures

It seems to me perfectly fair to render the German word “Geste” as “gesture” in translating Flusser’s texts.  It doesn’t seem to be a translation problem per se.  The problem is that Flusser not only  departs from the “common language” understanding of…

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