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All times appear equally and at once. The past no longer recedes in an orderly way, but threatens to resurface at any moment in the guise of the contemporary. Nostalgia cycles are getting faster. Old material artefacts return as integral components of current trends. The future is no longer desirable or unforeseen. Simultaneously, the chaos of our epoch masks a vast project of algorithmic derisking to make tomorrow identical to today: who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.
INSIDE REAL REVIEW 14
We spend almost a third of our lives connected to the internet, in a space-time of total internal reflection. Online lacks any randomness or chance; and this illusion of fate and order is at odds with the actual structure of the universe. Online we are not social beings but commodified identities; immersed in diluted ideas, weak connections and fleeting emotional states that neither originate within us, nor belong to us. We are possessed by the internet, and so dispossessed of life. What is after the digital?
Real Review interview critical theorist JONATHAN CRARY on the internet complex. Artist CHRISTINE SUN KIM reviews contemporary society. TANYA AND ZHENYA POSTERNAK review graffiti written by soldiers in Ukraine, while SIRKHANE DARKROOM reviews the role of play on the Turkey-Syria border. RHEA DILLON performs an opera of the street, EMILY BARKER reviews accessible bathrooms and KAZEEM KUTEYI goes outside. SETH WHEELER and JAMILA SQUIRE review shoplifting. JACK SELF reviews object persistence, MADDY WEAVERS reviews comfort and SAMIHA MEEM reviews the Adobe Suite. JERRY GOGOSIAN reviews Instagram, LUCY ROEBER reviews the Milf and JACKIE WANG reviews Tiqqun. Plus much more.
Published by Real Review
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