By Paul Virilio
Paul Virilio is one among modern Continental thought's most unique and provocative severe voices. His imaginative and prescient of the impression of recent know-how at the modern worldwide is strong and traumatic, ranging over paintings, technology, politics and battle. In artwork and worry, Paul Virilio strains the dual improvement of artwork and technology over the 20 th century. In his provocative and hard imaginative and prescient, artwork and technological know-how vie with one another for the destruction of the human shape as we all know it. He strains the connections among the way in which 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 guys who have been not more than cannon fodder i nthe trenches of the good battle; and among the German Expressionists' hate-filled images of the damned, and the 'medical' experiments of the Nazi eugenicists; and among the mangled messages of worldwide ads, and the agency of world terrorism. Now, in the beginning of the twenty-first century, technology has ultimately left paintings in the back of, as genetic engineers arrange to show themselves into the worst of expressionists, with the man or woman the uncooked fabric for brand spanking new and big sorts of existence. paintings and worry is vital interpreting for an individual considering the place paintings has long gone and the place technology is taking us.
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It also makes sense of the recent innovation not only of a COUNTER CULTURE, opposed to the culture of the bourgeoisie, but also of an art that is frankly COUNTER-NATURE, peddling as it does a eugenics that has finally triumphed over all prejudice absolutely, in spite of the numberless horrors of the waning century. Having broken the taboos of suffocating bourgeois culture, we are now supposed to break the being, the unicity of humankind, through the impending explosion of a genetic bomb that will be to biology what the atomic bomb was to physics.
We are familiar with extreme sports, in which the champion risks death striving for some pointless performance - 'going for it'. Now we find the man of science, adept in extreme sciences, running the supreme risk of denaturing the living being - having already shattered his living environment. Thanks to the decryption of the map of the human genome, geneticists are now using cloning in the quest for the chimera, the hybridization of man and animal. How can we fail to see that these 'scientific extremists', far from merely threatening the unicity of the human race by trafficking embryos, are also taking their axe to the whole philosophical and physiological panoply that previously gave the term SCIENCE its very meaning?
Sixty years on, the world is sicker still, but scientist propaganda is infinitely more effective and anaesthesia has the territory covered. As for pride, pride has gotten completely out of hand, thanks to globalization; and pity has now bitten the dust just as piety once succumbed in the century of philo-folly a la Nietzsche. They say the purpose of ethics is to slow down the rate at which things happen. Confronted by the general speeding-up of phenomena in our hyper-modern world, this curbing by conscience seems pretty feeble.
Art and Fear (Continuum Impacts) by Paul Virilio