By Paul Virilio
Paul Virilio is one in all modern Continental thought's most unique and provocative serious voices. His imaginative and prescient of the impression of contemporary know-how at the modern worldwide situation is robust and demanding, ranging over artwork, technology, politics and struggle. In paintings and worry, Paul Virilio strains the dual improvement of artwork and technology over the 20th century. In his provocative and not easy imaginative and prescient, paintings and technological know-how vie with one another for the destruction of the human shape as we all know it. He lines the connections among the best way early 20th century avant-garde artists twisted and tortured the human shape ahead of making it vanish in abstraction, and the blasting to bits of fellows who have been not more than cannon fodder i nthe trenches of the good struggle; and among the German Expressionists' hate-filled graphics of the damned, and the 'medical' experiments of the Nazi eugenicists; and among the mangled messages of worldwide ads, and the employer of world terrorism. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, technological know-how has eventually left artwork at the back of, as genetic engineers arrange to show themselves into the worst of expressionists, with the individual the uncooked fabric for brand new and giant types of existence. paintings and worry is vital examining for someone puzzling over the place paintings has long past and the place technological know-how is taking us.
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Like TINNITUS, where a ringing in the ears perceived in the absence of external noise soon becomes unbearable, contemporary art's prosecution of silence is in the process of lastingly polluting our representations. Having digested the critical impact of Marcel Duchamp's retinal art, let's hear what French critic Patrick Vauday had to say a little more recently: 39 A R T A N D FEAR The passage from image to photography and then to cinema and, more recently still, to video and digital computer graphics, has surely had the effect of rendering painting magnificently celibataire.
The name of Professor Verschuer's assistant was Josef Mengele. 20 As recently as 1998, the British medical weekly The Lancet condemned the initiatives of the European Union and the United States in trying to 28 A PITILESS ART introduce a total ban on the practice of human cloning. A year later, the editors were still arguing that 'the creation of human beings' had become 'inevitable', regardless. The editors of the London publication wrote that: The medical community will one day have to address the care of and respect for people created by cloning techniques.
No AGITPROP or PROPAGANDA STAEFFEL without the consensual power of the talkies. Once you have the talkies up and running, you can get walls, any old animated image whatever to talk. The dead too, though, and all who remain silent. And not just people or beings, either, but things to boot! 'The screen answers your every whim, in advance', as Orwell put it. Yet though the walls may well talk, frescos no longer can. The seventh art thus becomes a VENTRILOQUIST ART delivering its own oracles. Like the Pythian prophetess, the image speaks; but, more specifically, it answers the silence of the anguished masses who have lost their tongues.