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Willy Thayer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286744

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286744.001.0001

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Critique and Installation

Critique and Installation

28 Critique and Installation
Technologies of Critique

Willy Thayer

, John Kraniauskas
Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the possibility of critique that can no longer simply count on the dogma of an “age,” on mediation, the mode of production, or on a generalized present that encourages forces of interrogation to drum against its limits. It analyzes a general framework in which the multiplicity of fragments might be surprised by an epokhé that places it outside of itself and considered lacking. The chapter also talks about the opening or breach that is disseminated within the coexistence of anachronisms. It talks about Ernst Bloch's so-called “nonsynchronicity of the synchronous,” which is described as looking into concepts but not seeing the singularities into singularities. The fragments or elements of an installation are preinscribed within a totality that arranges them like bodily organs or parts of a landscape or composition.

Keywords:   critique, dogma, age, epokhé, anachronisms, Ernst Bloch, nonsynchronicity, singularities

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