James Bridle on Hauntological Futures

James Bridle is bored with nostalgia. “Of letterpress and braces and elaborate facial hair.” He’s worried about our fetishism of the past and our fear of the future, a fear that “things are slipping away.” What are the alternatives? Read his article on our haunted now and future time.

Excerpt: Hauntology is also a network effect engendered by the increasing apparent* flattening of history and time. The network, fragmented and unevenly distributed, induces a growing sense that alternative worlds are very close indeed.

( * The internet only appears to be flat, as we perceive it in two dimensions. In fact, the knowledge it embodies, because it is tied to and instantiated in time, is ever receding from us, darkening and thickening and coming apart, becoming harder to reach and harder to find. The past is intractable but loosened, suffering our gaze upon it and our endless reinterpretations of it.). Read more HERE.

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Gromyko Semper — Butterfly Effect


The Butterfly Effect digital montage, by Gromyko Semper, who is the illustrator for The Found Diary of Avery Alexander Meyer.

Gromyko’s note: The butterfly effect is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory; namely, a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. Although this may appear to be an esoteric and unusual behavior, it is exhibited by very simple systems: for example, a ball placed at the crest of a hill might roll into any of several valleys depending on slight differences in initial position. The butterfly effect is a common trope in fiction when presenting scenarios involving time travel and with “what if” cases where one storyline diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in two significantly different outcomes.