Vector politics and the aesthetics of disappearance

Cubitt, Sean (2011) Vector politics and the aesthetics of disappearance. In, Armitage, John (eds.) Virilio Now. Chichester, GB, Polity, 68-91.


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Virilio's critique of accident and disappearance might recall Adorno’s praise of disappointment, and perhaps also signal the danger attendant on construing the future not as risk management but as unknowable other. In other words, Virilio points us towards an aesthetics of failure: of the inherent risk that any object – and phenomenologically therefore any subject – runs of failing to con- tinue to be. It comes down then to a duty of care, for the planet, and consequently therefore also for the people who inhabit it. It seems then that Virilio is correct: a putative vectoral network, one that is not self-identical, that evolves without notice, that plunges into accident and disappointment, and in which machines have as much say as humans is a terrifying risk. But it may also be the only way to escape the stifling grid of destruction which is the military, economic, political and cultural stand-off of a present which denies hope to the mass of humanity and the planet itself

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9780745648774
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Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Art
ePrint ID: 191685
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July 2011Published
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2011 07:38
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