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October 1, 2014
by Knox Bronson
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{daily pic} Roger Guetta ~ Alpha

Roger Guetta ~ Alpha
Roger Guetta ~ Alpha

“Exposition: the workings of the actual past + the virtual past may be illustrated by an event well known to collective history, such as the sinking of the Titanic. The disaster as it actually occurred descends into obscurity as its eyewitnesses die off, documents perish + the wreck of the ship dissolves in its Atlantic grave. Yet a virtual sinking of the Titanic, created from reworked memories, papers, hearsay, fiction–in short, belief–grows ever “truer.” The actual past is brittle, ever-dimming + ever more problematic to access + reconstruct: in contrast, the virtual past is malleable, ever-brightening + ever more difficult to circumvent/expose as fraudulent.

The present presses the virtual past into its own service, to lend credence to its mythologies + legitimacy to the imposition of will. Power seeks + is the right to “landscape” the virtual past. (He who pays the historian calls the tune.)

Symmetry demands an actual + virtual future too. We imagine how next week, next year, or 2225 will shape up–a virtual future, constructed by wishes, prophecies + daydreams. This virtual future may influence the actual future, as in a self-fulfilling prophecy, but the actual future will eclipse our virtual one as surely as tomorrow eclipses today. Like Utopia, the actual future + the actual past exist only in the hazy distance, where they are no good to anyone.

Q: Is there a meaningful distinction between one simulacrum of smoke, mirrors + shadows–the actual past–from another such simulacrum–the actual future?

One model of time: an infinite matryoshka doll of painted moments, each “shell” (the present) encased inside a nest of “shells” (previous presents) I call the actual past but which we perceive as the virtual past. The doll of “now”likewise encases a nest of presents yet to be, which I call the actual future but which we perceive as the virtual future.”

― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas


The First Seven Days, Light/Sun by Jan Hammer

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October 1, 2014
by Knox Bronson
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James Clarke ~ Clouds 214

James Clarke ~ Clouds 214
James Clarke ~ Clouds 214
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October 1, 2014
by Knox Bronson
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Shawn Lewis ~ Circle Square Triangle

Shawn Lewis ~ Circle Square Triangle
Shawn Lewis ~ Circle Square Triangle
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September 30, 2014
by Knox Bronson
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Hans Borghorst ~ Down By The River

Hans Borghorst ~ Down By The River
Hans Borghorst ~ Down By The River
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September 30, 2014
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Mark Daniels ~ Pipe Dream

Mark Daniels ~ Pipe Dream
Mark Daniels ~ Pipe Dream
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September 30, 2014
by Knox Bronson
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Cat Morris ~ Fall In The Air

Cat Morris ~ Fall In The Air
Cat Morris ~ Fall In The Air
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September 30, 2014
by Knox Bronson
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Gianluca Ricoveri ~ Landscape 647

Gianluca Ricoveri ~ Landscape 647
Gianluca Ricoveri ~ Landscape 647
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September 30, 2014
by Knox Bronson
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Gianluca Ricoveri ~ Landscape 646

Gianluca Ricoveri ~ Landscape 646
Gianluca Ricoveri ~ Landscape 646
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September 30, 2014
by Knox Bronson
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Gianluca Ricoveri ~ Landscape 645

Gianluca Ricoveri ~ Landscape 645
Gianluca Ricoveri ~ Landscape 645
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September 30, 2014
by Knox Bronson
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Aldo Pacheco ~ The pain of not having you, the silence of your absence, the emptiness of my little world without you

Aldo Pacheco ~ The pain of not having you, the silence of your absence, the emptiness of my little world without you
Aldo Pacheco ~ The pain of not having you, the silence of your absence, the emptiness of my little world without you
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