Saturday, 16 May 2009

not extinct

...and already the knowing animals are aware that we are not really at home in our interpreted world. Rilke, Duino Elegies

Electric Animal Akira Mizuta Lippit
Modernity sustains ... the disappearance of animals as a constant state. That is, through a curious configuration... animals never entirely vanish. Rather they exist in a state of perpetual vanishing. Animals enter a new economy of being during the modern period, one that is no longer sacrificial in the traditional sense of the term but, considering modern technological media generally and the cinema more specifically, spectral. In supernatural terms modernity finds animals lingering in the world undead.

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