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Mary Wigman, Traumgestalt, 1927
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“The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth—it is the truth which conceals that there is none.
The simulacrum is true.”
BOOM. Fucking truth bomb. You’re like, “What’s a simulacrum?” It’s Latin for copying shit. Like painting pictures of God, V-Card Mary, the Holy Fucking Ghost. Except that I’m gonna be the first to say that maybe those copies end up turning into their own reality, one that you might even call “hyperreal.” Oh, and I might also point out that this is because there is no God.
Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, “The Precession of Simulacra” by Jean Baudrillard, Translated from English into American, for Continent, 2012. Thank you Sam.
Top, photograph by Robert Frank, Parade, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1959, from the series The Americans. Via. Bottom, photograph by Emil van Moerkerken, Café aux petits garçons, 1936, Gelatin Silver Print. Via.
We live more and more in a world stripped bare by film, a world that tends to peel off its own image. Hundreds of thousands of screens make us watch, during the news broadcasts, the extraordinary shedding performed each day by tens of thousands of cameras. As soon as it forms, history’s skin peels off again.
André Bazin, from Why We Fight: History, Documentation, and the Newsreel, 1946. Via.
The physical connection between mother and fetus is provided by the placenta, an organ, built of cells from both the mother and fetus, which serves as a conduit for the exchange of nutrients, gasses, and wastes. Cells may migrate through the placenta between the mother and the fetus, taking up residence in many organs of the body including the lung, thyroid muscle, liver, heart, kidney and skin.
(…) We are accustomed to thinking of ourselves as singular autonomous individuals, and these foreign cells seem to belie that notion, and suggest that most people carry remnants of other individuals. As remarkable as this may be, stunning results from a new study show that cells from other individuals are also found in the brain. In this study, male cells were found in the brains of women and had been living there, in some cases, for several decades.
(…) We all consider our bodies to be our own unique being, so the notion that we may harbor cells from other people in our bodies seems strange. Even stranger is the thought that, although we certainly consider our actions and decisions as originating in the activity of our own individual brains, cells from other individuals are living and functioning in that complex structure. However, the mixing of cells from genetically distinct individuals is not at all uncommon. This condition is called chimerism after the fire-breathing Chimera from Greek mythology, a creature that was part serpent part lion and part goat.
Robert Martone, Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains - The connection between mother and child is ever deeper than thought, for Scientific American, December 2012.