Tag: Timothy Morton

Wunderwaffe

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“Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation.” – Wernher Von Braun.

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A combination of re-reading Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Gravity’s Rainbow, cargo cults and Platonic solids conspired against me to wash me up on the online shore of an Airfix kit page dedicated to secret WW2 aircraft, most notably the Horten Brothers, two WW2 era aviation inventors who pioneered the Horten 229 aka ‘the Flying Wing’.

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I have always been fascinated by the scientific leaps made in 1944-45 as the Nazi’s desperately tired to develop ‘Wunderwaffe’ or wonder weapons such as the V1 and V2 rockets to turn the tide of WW2. A recent BBC piece on the Horten 229.

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With current world events mirroring the 1930’s, and another extreme narcissist having just assumed power, I look at these ‘Wunderwaffe’ as a foreboding echo from history.

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“Causality does not take place ‘in’ a space that has been established already. Instead it radiates from objects…”. Timothy Morton: ‘Realist Magic objects, Ontology, Causality’.

Note to Self:

  • OOO: Even when they are isolated from all external influences, objects seem to breathe with a strange life…

Hyper Objects

Still in the midst of writing my research paper, I am buried in references, links and books. One of the case studies in the paper is a virtual sculpture called ‘Hyperskins’ by American video maker and artist Andrew Thomas Huang.

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Hyperskins exhibits three digital sculptures cycling in an infinite loop through multiple surfaces, textural incarnations inspired by the philosophy of “hyper objects” by Timothy Morton – the idea that today’s objects lack a “discreteness” and instead are pervasive, multidimensional and ever-changing throughout phases of time, space and relative orientation to other objects independent of human consciousness.”

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Timothy Morton is a member of the ‘Object-orientated ontology (OOO)’ movement, and the term ‘Hyper Objects’ is explained below;

“Morton uses the term to explain objects so massively distributed in time and space as to transcend localization, such as climate change and styrofoam.”

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I fired off a message to Andrew Huang, and to my suprise he very graciously answered with a quite lengthy enlightening explanation about his piece, the book, inspiration and such subjects touched upon were The Antropocene, virtual relics, cloud data, photogrammetry and the 3D scanning of the beaver skull that sits on his mantlepiece amongst other things. I hope to use some of Andrew’s reply in my conclusion of the paper.

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