The Terraforming, Benjamin H. Bratton
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Benjamin H. Bratton

The Terraforming

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Alienor August
Alienor August цитирует4 месяца назад
If Blue Marble signaled a revitalized alloy of humanism and creationism, made by a single human looking in the mirror and framing his sense of place looking down from above, then Black Hole reveals a far more powerful inhuman scope and condition
Alienor August
Alienor August цитирует4 месяца назад
Black Hole is, in the best possible sense, a terrifying image.
Alienor August
Alienor August цитирует4 месяца назад
The Black Hole image is a kind of “world picture” that is crucially not a picture of our Earth, but rather a picture taken by the Earth of its surroundings—for which we served as essential enablers. Imagine the Earth wrapped in the Event Horizon telescope array as an amoeba-like creature, at long last opening its little eye to sense what is nearby
Alienor August
Alienor August цитирует4 месяца назад
images like Blue Marble are at best the work of a transitional humanism that did not and cannot decommission vestigial anthropocentric self-regard and self-representation nearly enough. For that, we would have to wait a few more years for Black Hole to appear, and probably a few more for its anti-significance to absorb us and uproot us.
Alienor August
Alienor August цитирует4 месяца назад
The Earth that is lost for him is one that had appeared in the mystified aura of a world that is singular, original, and central, given by and for our being. Its horizons were grounding, up until the point at which we could look around and see the other side.
Alienor August
Alienor August цитирует4 месяца назад
Heidegger famously dictated, “I was certainly scared when I recently saw the photographs of the Earth taken from the moon. We don’t need an atom bomb at all; the uprooting of human beings is already taking place.”
Alienor August
Alienor August цитирует4 месяца назад
British astronomer Fred Hoyle surmised that “once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside, is available, we shall, in an emotional sense, acquire an additional dimension [...] Once the sheer isolation of the Earth becomes plain to every man, whatever his nationality or creed, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.”
Alienor August
Alienor August цитирует4 месяца назад
“The naive American contemplates the sky; the Russian, or at least that Russian, settles in the sky, and contemplates the Earth.”

— Chris Marker on Tarkovsky (1999)
Alienor August
Alienor August цитирует4 месяца назад
From here, we look out into space, and from space back down to Earth to orient what planetarity should mean.
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