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REALITY VS. REPRESENTATION

An essay by Erik Adigard, M-A-D on emerging tensions between reality and representation

REALITY VS. ITSELF: A QUESTION OF REPRESENTATION
Most everyone starts and ends their day on a screen. It is a condition in which three notions conspire in a dynamic triad to establish what we know as “reality”: the act of making, our engagement with things, and our experience of being.

“How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?” (Plato, The Allegory of the Cave)

1• ABOUT BEING: present reality is a construct of representations
Even if we live in times of great speed, we still do not move our heads. We have managed not to do so while deeply transforming our world. We are moving through an ever reduced present, away from an ever increasing past and toward an ever eluding future, all the while augmenting our potential scope of selfhood ad infinitum—our experience of being.
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Erik Adigard, M-A-D / 2016

 

Thu, August 31 2017 » culture, essays, the new image