Books
Benjamin H. Bratton

The Terraforming

Arina Perevedentsevahas quoted16 days ago
The Age of the World Picture
Arina Perevedentsevahas quoted23 days ago
artificial — not as in fake, but rather designed
Arina Perevedentsevahas quoted23 days ago
terraforming that has taken place in recent centuries in the form of urbanization, and to the terraforming that must now be planned and conducted as the planetary design initiative of the next centuries.
Arzu Mhas quoted2 months ago
risk-mitigating incrementalism
Alienor Augusthas quoted7 months ago
If Blue Marble signaled a revitalized alloy of humanism and creationism, made by a single human looking in the mirror and framing his sense of place looking down from above, then Black Hole reveals a far more powerful inhuman scope and condition
Alienor Augusthas quoted7 months ago
Black Hole is, in the best possible sense, a terrifying image.
Alienor Augusthas quoted7 months ago
The Black Hole image is a kind of “world picture” that is crucially not a picture of our Earth, but rather a picture taken by the Earth of its surroundings—for which we served as essential enablers. Imagine the Earth wrapped in the Event Horizon telescope array as an amoeba-like creature, at long last opening its little eye to sense what is nearby
Alienor Augusthas quoted7 months ago
images like Blue Marble are at best the work of a transitional humanism that did not and cannot decommission vestigial anthropocentric self-regard and self-representation nearly enough. For that, we would have to wait a few more years for Black Hole to appear, and probably a few more for its anti-significance to absorb us and uproot us.
Alienor Augusthas quoted7 months ago
The Earth that is lost for him is one that had appeared in the mystified aura of a world that is singular, original, and central, given by and for our being. Its horizons were grounding, up until the point at which we could look around and see the other side.
Alienor Augusthas quoted7 months ago
Heidegger famously dictated, “I was certainly scared when I recently saw the photographs of the Earth taken from the moon. We don’t need an atom bomb at all; the uprooting of human beings is already taking place.”
Alienor Augusthas quoted7 months ago
British astronomer Fred Hoyle surmised that “once a photograph of the Earth, taken from outside, is available, we shall, in an emotional sense, acquire an additional dimension [...] Once the sheer isolation of the Earth becomes plain to every man, whatever his nationality or creed, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.”
Alienor Augusthas quoted7 months ago
“The naive American contemplates the sky; the Russian, or at least that Russian, settles in the sky, and contemplates the Earth.”

— Chris Marker on Tarkovsky (1999)
Alienor Augusthas quoted7 months ago
From here, we look out into space, and from space back down to Earth to orient what planetarity should mean.
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