Monday, March 28, 2011

Para-Meta



“Marcel’s classic ‘Nude Descending a Staircase’ was a major manifesto of the electric age. The industrial hardware of the assembly-line had been enveloped by the new environment of the Magnetic City and the wired planet. As soon as the machine went inside the electric circuit, the mechanical forms of the industrial world that emanated from the Gutenberg technology of uniform, repeatable, and moveable types became transformed into 'art'. New technologies in supplanting their predecessors translate them into 'art' forms. The old form is enhanced by obsolescence. Ruins and antiques nourish the creative imagination of artists and poets. Humanism and ruins are synonymous."

- Marshall McLuhan, “Duchamp", MS., p.1




" the unexamined environment is not worth ignoring ..."


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