terça-feira, 25 de março de 2008

Open Sky

The speed of the new optoelectronic and electroacoustic milieu becomes the final void (the void of the quick), a vacuum that no longer depends on the interval between places and things and so on the world's very extension, but on the interface of an instantaneous transmission of remote appearances, on a geographic and geometric retention in wich all volume, all relief vanish. (33)

The trauma of birth does not just affect the infant, the subject alone, it also affects the object, the instrument that comes into being. So we need to try and unearth "the original accident" specific to the this kind of technological innovation. Unless we are deliberately forgetting the invention of the shipwreck in the invention of the ship or the rail accident in the advent of the train, we need to examine the hidden face of new technologies, before that face reveals itself in spite of us. (40)

Wired to control the environment whithout actually moving a limb, a teleoperator of their own surroundings, deprived of those exotic prostheses with wich the neighbourhood of the city was once rigged out, the inhabitant of the teletopical metacity can no longer clearly distinguish here from elsewhere, private from public. The insecurity of their territorial hold extends from the space of their own world to the space of their own body. Once this happens, adoption of a sedentary life tends to become final, absolute, since the functions traditionally distributed within the real space of the town are now exclusively taken over by the real time of the wiring of the human body. (56)

The old conception of architecture, based on the "absolute" nature of the intervals of space and time of volumetric analysis, ceases also to be relevant. After Newton, the relativization of these notions opens on to the absolutism of the speed of light and the emergence of a last type of interval of neutral sign that will in turn demand a new perspective, the accelerated perspective of real time, as well as the invention of new theories of architecture and urbanism. (57)

Paul Virilio (2008). Open Sky. Londres: Verso

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