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Avant Museology: Hito Steyerl

A Tank on a Pedestal: Museums in an Age of Planetary Civil War

  • "instability is a bottomless gold mine"

    The enemy is inside the museum, or more accurately, underneath it. The Mimics have hijacked the place and turned time into a loop. But what does the form of the loop mean, and how is it linked to warfare? Giorgio Agamben has recently analyzed the Greek term stasis, which means both civil war and immutability: something potentially very dynamic, but also its absolute opposite. Today, multiple conflicts seem to be mired in stasis, in both senses of the term. Stasis describes a civil war that is unresolved and drags on. Conflict is not a means to force a resolution of a disputed situation, but a tool to sustain it. A stagnant crisis is the point. It needs to be indefinite because it is an abundant source of profit: instability is a bottomless gold mine. Stasis happens as a perpetual transition between the private and public spheres. It is a very useful mechanism for a one-way redistribution of assets. What was public is privatized by violence, while formerly private hatreds become the new public spirit.


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  • imokruok (edited 1 year ago)

    Is anyone familiar yet with BBuzzArt? The app and art discovery platform that employs a technology called "Agnes" basically AI that "suggests a perfect selection of stunning artworks" they are calling it an art intelligence engine...initially I thought this was a really neat/interesting, but now absolutely terrifying.

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