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In German there’s a one letter difference between ‘living room’ (‘Wohnzimmer’) and ‘mad room’ (‘Wahnzimmer’), as pointed out by the Goethe Institute. A single disputed vowel that might just be enough of a gap through which to capture light, like a pinhole camera. The photographs of Anna & Bernhard Blume are funny, laugh out loud so at times, until you consider why you’re laughing and who the joke is on. We diminish creative works by comparison but we have to; it’s the same impulse we have in language or mapmaking. We’re pareidolic mammals programmed to discern form from chaos. With photographs like these that evade understanding, we are forced to orientate ourselves elsewhere. Surrealism. Dada. Fluxus. Beckett. Bacon. Švankmajer. A surrealised version of Richard Billingham’s Ray’s A Laugh perhaps. Beyond grim humour and aesthetics, they seem closer to Malevich’s ikons. They are poetry where most other photographs are prose, existing…

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Lorenzo Zuccolillo

Si antes se decía que “no hay nada más viejo que el periódico de ayer”,  hoy  eso podría aplicarse a un teléfono celular de más de 24 meses de antigüedad. O  la propia ciencia ficción: hace ya tiempo que la realidad excluyó del territorio de la fantasía anticipatoria tanto a Robotina (el robot/empleada doméstica de la serie de animación Los Supersónicos), como al zapatófono, aquel proto o paleo celular utilizado por Maxwell Smart, el (anti) héroe protagonista de otra serie televisiva de culto: El súper agente 86. 



Ultra Sónica (Jane Jetson) y Robotina (Rosie), en un episodio deLos supersónicos (Hanna/Barbera (ABC; 1962-1987


Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) y  la agente 99 (Barbara Feldon), en el Súper agente 86  (Brooks /Henry; Talent Associates; 1965-1970;ref. www

Porque dejó de ser cosa de ciencia ficción que desde un teléfono celular (o pc o tableta) puedan programarse a distancia ciertos dispositivos…

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If one tethers one’s heart severely and imprisons it, one can give one’sspirit infinite liberties.”
Nietzsche, Beyond good & Evil, (section 87)

You must confess to loving connections. Connections may in fact be what you/we live for and what enable us to live. A good, unexpected or imaginative connection seems to give you, your life and your thoughts a certain crucial vitality. While a dearth of connections amounts to a kind of stultifying impasse or inertia.

Last week, shortly after connecting Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr. Turner’ to Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ you watched yet another biopic, this time of Nelson Mandela and his ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. The Tempest features an image of magic books at the heart of Prospsero’s power. It also repeatedly attends to the concept of ‘freedom’.

Thus, the central theme of islands and freedoms, running through all of these examples struck you with a…

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