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“In 1985, the French thinker Jean-François Lyotard curated a groundbreaking exhibition referred to as Les Immatériaux on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The exhibition confirmed how telecommunication applied sciences have been commencing to effect each point of lifestyles. even as, it used to be a fabric demonstration of what Lyotard known as the post-modern condition.

This e-book encompasses a formerly unpublished document by means of Jean-François Lyotard at the perception of Les Immatériaux and its relation to postmodernity. Reviewing the old value of the exhibition, his textual content is followed via twelve modern meditations. The philosophers, paintings historians, and artists examine this significant second within the background of media and thought, and examine the recent fabric stipulations caused by way of electronic applied sciences within the final 30 years.”

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We can see that the very concept of synopsis poses a problem, given that I have associated time and succession with the notion of immaterials that I have been constructing. For if it is true that what is characteristic of the relation being established between the mât in general and the mind is that we cannot expect the self-evidence of immediacy at one blow, while the synopsis falls under this delay, this … This is something we remarked upon very quickly once we started to approach the question of realisation, the passage from conception to spatial deployment.

The street is conceived as a gallery, the shop windows of the modern street are like picture frames which in their turn give onto landscapes, portraits – scenes which, what is more, just like in the gallery, permit identification. A little surprise, a little identification; a quick surprise, obviously elicited with a commercial aim in mind – which is not exactly the case in the gallery – or at least not always. Into this kind of urbanity, which is an urbanism of the façade, one can, quite obviously, introduce an aesthetic of shock, of the shocking – something that tends toward surprise and destabilisation.

Where is one going? One is going toward the exit, okay, but can one get there in various ways, or via one single path; and what does the exit mean? This is a rather important difference from the street, where the analogy must 47 48 30 Years after Les Immatériaux end, for the street only ever opens onto another street. There will probably come a moment when, from the street, one passes into the countryside – an extraordinarily interesting and bizarre moment, in fact; but one that is increasingly postponed and which, moreover, in contemporary cities and metropolises, is probably evaded rather than postponed.

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