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Philosophy

An Anatomy of Melancholy

In what ways might melancholy and a gradual (or rapid, accelerating) slide into sadness or feelings of hopelessness be the natural heir of organic experience in a material world that is always and already dissonant with energy diffusion and the endemic thermodynamic burden of what amounts to irremediable emotional and corporeal loss and decay?  All […]

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Philosophy

Information is a Material Presence and a Logical Absence

We inhabit the material of manifest corporeality and in equal measure – abstract patterns of information inhabit us. Which is more fundamental? There is no base, no anchor, no foundation; the imaginary spaces of information and autonomously self-propagating computational resonance are the contours through which matter and energy travels; the embodied (and reflexive, in our […]

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art

Trompe-l’oeil: All is Not as it Seems

Trompe-l’oeil is clever but, beyond immediate aesthetic effects and technical mastery, is really just the specific instance of a generalised principle of deception by which an artist fools our gullible brains into suspending their disbelief in the reality with which we are presented. The presence of a logical depth is in this way emphasised by […]

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Philosophy

An Unfurling Emptiness

Every mind is like this: patterns, faces, surfaces and dreams. We recombine these things in different ways and while we might all arrive in different places and by different paths or idioms of cultural and linguistic orientation – it is fundamentally the same process that we are all engaged in. We all spend our lives […]

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culture

The Emptiness of Art

The true mystery of art lies not in the many ways that it is a “thing”, in the mischievously multiplicitous subtleties of manifestation; it rests in the many (more) ways in which it is a vacuum, a void, a potentiality and the endless presence of absence. We seek meaning in matter but fail to understand […]

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Philosophy

You are not your own…

You are not your self, your own possession and private labyrinth of interior significance and reflective surfaces. Neither are you in any sense, shape or form “owned” or prescriptively and unambiguously defined by any external realm or anchor of reflexive cultural necessity. You, and I, and the whole world are not the endpoints or causal […]

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environment

Soothing Nature

I find nature and natural vistas to be relaxing in pretty much the same way that sitting by an open fireplace or listening to the sound of rain at night outside my bedroom window is a soothing experience.  There is something intimately reassuring in the continuous sparkle, flow and hum of nature and of the […]

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culture

Generational Melancholy

Every generation reinvents ennui.

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Alien Anthropology Philosophy

Endless Games

The purpose of this game (of life, of experience, of order and human intelligence) becomes the self-perpetuation of the game itself.

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culture

Vampires

Some days are like vampires…

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culture

Essence

Tattoos are personal inscriptions and records of presence or potential no less than every other thing we experience and express…

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culture

Duality

The aesthetics of memory, of self…