2013-06-26

Sin Mechanism

The religious notions of good and evil, sin, Last Judgment, not only haven't lost their validity with the apparent preeminence of Western secularism, but have in fact deeply infiltrated into the ruthless mechanism making the system go round. One of them is the concept of linear, continuous, measurable time, behind of which still hides the judeo-Christian god. Thus, although the capitalist system resembles more and more a huge clockwork mechanism -- Marx's "vast automaton" (Capital: Critique of Political Economy, 1867) -- driven by precision, efficiency, productivity, and other mantras of modern ideology, the fact is that the system only functions by expelling its violence towards its margins, as well as through its numerous leaks.

Image after Hans Memling's Das Jüngste Gericht (Last Judgment, 1467-1471) [pd] and various watch mechanisms [ua-fu/fd].

2013-06-03

The Labyrinth of Reason

The myth of the labyrinth, representing since the beginning of Western culture the hero's rational confrontation with the monster, guardian of the secret, reached in Auschwitz a breaking point in which their terms would have inverted. Since then, the path of the reason was itself the labyrinth of monstrosity; industrial planning of death became the monster; the secret to be protected wasn't other than the darkest side of the same capitalist system of production. Auschwitz wasn't an end or even an exception, but just something that, from this time on, had to be hidden.

Image after The British Museum's clay mask of the demon Huwawa (Iraq, ca. 1800-1600 BC) [dp-pao] and railroad gate to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp [ua-fu/fd].