ENTER: CYNTHIA, QUEEN of the HUNT, SPIRIT of SEPSIS On 20th April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a British Petroleum oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, exploded, killing eleven workers and unleashing an oil leak of volcanic proportions five thousand feet below the surface. By the time the well was finally capped, fully four months […]


JEAN BAUDRILLARD and the HYPERREAL “Abstraction today is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes […]


I spend the day writing, and a while before sunset I drive a couple of miles to Ya Nui, a small beach where I can watch the sun go down. I need to refocus my eyes after a day too close to a screen. Holiday families are packing up and drifting away from the beach. […]


The DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD Jesse Hughes: I knew exactly what was going on from the fuckin’ first – if you look at the video I’m off that stage – like that [snaps his fingers] – because I’ve been around guns my whole life and military weapons for many years and I’ve been firing guns routinely for […]


McLUHAN IN MANHATTAN “The tactic of the terrorist model is to provoke a surplus of reality and to make the whole system collapse under it.” Jean Baudrillard, in The Spirit of Terrorism (2002), Baudrillard’s definition of reality, in his 1981 work Simulacra and Simulation, is ‘that which can be simulated’. He argues that technology has […]


  THE MURDEROUS CAPACITY OF IMAGES “At stake has always been the murderous capacity of images: murderers of the real; murderers of their own model as the Byzantine icons could murder the divine identity. To this murderous capacity is opposed the dialectical capacity of representations as a visible and intelligible mediation of the real. All […]


Magritte, La Trahison des Images (The Treachery of Images), 1929 A simulacrum is a likeness, image or effigy; bearing a superficial similarity to its original, it is a placeholder or sign for the real thing, a representation rather than a replication. The instrumental suffix –crum signifies something which might be used in a simulation, like […]