March 7, 2017

Art, Time and Technology (Culture Machine) by Charlie Gere

By Charlie Gere

This e-book explores how the perform of paintings, particularly of avant-garde paintings, retains our relation to time, historical past or even our personal humanity open. analyzing key moments within the heritage of either expertise and paintings from the beginnings of industrialisation to this day, Charlie Gere explores either the making and function of paintings and what sort of extra it may shuttle from the human body.

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Benjamin, 1977: 244) It is in the space created by the increasing disparity between technological evolution and cultural and social development that the avant-garde would emerge. The very beginnings of the avant-garde and the invention of the telegraph, the first instance of a ‘device going faster than its own time’, happen at more or less the same time. The latter was crucial for the organization and management of modern industrial capitalism. As Derrida points out, ‘capitalization – or capitalism – always has the structure of a certain potentialization of speed’ (Derrida, 1984: 20).

It demands time, the thing, but it demands a delimited time, neither an instant nor an infinite time, but a time determined in other words, a rhythm, a cadence. : 4). But the work of art involves a gift, in that it ‘gives time’ by refusing to be restituted right away. It gives the time needed for understanding, for the understanding to catch up with and recuperate the avant-garde, the advance guard of artistic development, for the reception and domestication of the monstrous or, as Lyotard puts it, for the infinite time required to ‘“consume” (experience, comment upon)’ works of art.

This concern with the origin of the idea of the telegraph is not merely an issue to do with intellectual property rights, but with the whole status of the invention itself, as invention. As Derrida puts it, Every invention supposes that someone or something comes a first time, something or someone comes to someone, someone else. But for invention to be an invention, to be unique (even if the uniqueness has to be repeatable), it is also necessary for this first time, this unique moment of origin to be a last time: archaeology and eschatology acknowledge each other in the irony of the one and only instant.

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