By Paul Virilio
Advent via Bernard Tschumi In A panorama of occasions, the prestigious French architect, city planner, and thinker Paul Virilio specializes in the cultural chaos of the Eighties and Nineties. It was once a time, he writes, that mirrored the "cruelty of an epoch, the hills and dales of way of life, the standard clumps of conduct and commonplaces."Urban disorientation, the machines of struggle, and the acceleration of occasions in modern existence are Virilio's ongoing issues. He explores them in occasions starting from media insurance of the Gulf struggle to city rioting and lawlessness. a few will see Virilio as a pessimist discouraged by means of "the acceleration of the truth of time," whereas others will locate his recording of "atypical occasions" to be clairvoyant.
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From time immemorial, Westerners, and AngloSaxons in particular, have derived a sense of superiority from their technical superiority, a determination to treat the rest of the world as nothing more than an object predestined for their machinations. This arrogant presumption derives most intimately and, I would say, “clinically,” from a power relationship maintained since antiquity with a population of ever more efﬁcient and Five numerous automata. ” A personal relationship with an inhuman double would explain the ecstasy of the crewmen of the Wisconsin and the Missouri at the takeoff of the Tomahawks, those oh-so-“smart” weapons equipped with inertial guidance systems and terrain-following radar that directed them infallibly to the end of their course, the ﬁnal explosion more than a thousand kilometers away .
Let’s not forget that international terrorism is inseparable from this media front and that terrorist attacks make sense and have political value only because of the televised publicity they invariably have at their disposal. With the telegenic quality of such atrocities constantly reinforcing their evocative power, certain countries, such as the former Soviet Union and Italy, have even gone as far as placing a blanket ban on media coverage of the worst terrorist atrocities (along with accidents).
Inertia of 46 47 one’s own body, apparent result of this general inﬂux of (optical and sound) information whereby everything converges and concentrates on the being attentive to the no-delay path of images and sounds, the screen suddenly becoming a last “visible horizon,” a horizon of accelerated particles that takes over from the geographic horizon of the expanse in which the televiewer’s body still moves. Apparent horizon or deep horizon? The question of the optical thickness of the real environment arises again today for the inhabitant of this constricted planet, the question of the direct and customary transparency of materials—with the addition of the enigma of this indirect transappearance that derives from the capabilities of the “active” optics of the indirect light that illuminates the human habitat, just as the direct light of the sun or the electricity fairy once lit and revealed our surroundings, thanks to the properties of the “passive” optics of the various corrective materials such as air, water, or the glass in our lenses!
A Landscape of Events (Writing Architecture) by Paul Virilio