Publication
Title
Luddite interventions : on the poetics of catastrophe and the art of criticism
Author
Abstract
As an art theoretician, and as a father, I focus on the social and political consequences of Vanderbeekens postmodernist negative theology. I express doubts about the relevance of a poetics of catastrophe that conflates any possible alternative to the alleged technocracy under the sign of the simulacrum. To my opinion, the discourse about the virtual and the real are in a deadlock. Following the lead of American novelist Thomas Pynchon, I rephrase these critical doubts in Luddite terms: should we imagine a counterattack as radical as the alleged dystopian nightmare dreamed up and sketched out by Vanderbeeken? I try to show that this line of thinking risks to result in a bold and speculative logic where ethical nuance collapses and, ultimately, the relationship between art, theory and the social culture is reduced to metaphorical analogy. To make this point I retake a critical, phenomenologically inspired reaction by Vivian Sobchack to Baudrillards account of Crash, J.G. Ballards controversial novel on techno-fetishism. My argument is that the scar that marks Sobchacks technobody might here stand for an alternative that approaches our technological condition not as a discursive machine but as a social pragmatics with deep ethical implications.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Foundations of science. - Dordrecht
Publication
Dordrecht : 2013
ISSN
1233-1821
Volume/pages
18:1(2013), p. 149-153
ISI
000315459200009
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UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 30.11.2011
Last edited 15.11.2017
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