A Collection of Spectacles


Sometimes theory gets to be too much. I don’t want to talk about the underlying currents that are at work when I speak, I just want to have a stupid conversation about some dumb show I saw yesterday, without taking into account the representation of gender or the power structures that are at work. I swear, if one more fucking person quotes Foucault, I’m going to scream. Fuck Foucault, and the elaborate ways in which he thought the world worked. Fuck the philosophers, people never wanted to live with them anyway.

With that, I’ll present a theoretical concept.

I went to a lecture last night, and it absolutely sucked. I was completely disappointed. The last speaker was a Poly Sci teacher for the grad school, even though he looked as though he were only a little older than myself. Anyway, his talk was uninteresting. Only, unlike the speakers before him, his was both uninteresting with the added bonus of being extremely abstract. He did however, for a shining moment, present an interesting concept.

This is the first picture that came up on Google after I typed in the word, “Earth.” Various modes of production went into obtaining this picture. After it was gathered, it was circulated. A representation of the “real” (which, in this example is the Earth) was passed throughout society. Now, when we think of our globe, we think of this image.

It’s odd how the cyclical relationship works.

Modes of production—>the creation of the image—->the circulation of the image through society—>the image becomes part of our mental “databank”—>the image becomes subject to the modes of production.

Two questions come to mind that may be revisited later. 1) Is this form of imagery art? 2) What does this image do to the authenticity of a work?

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“Sometimes, I sit still and see if one can perceive the Earth’s rotation.”

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