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MECHANISMS There are no facts in front of which we would be silenced in the same way as in front of a reality that appeared on its own, such that „there is nothing to talk about“. Builders of universal empires require an agreement between them to be announced as an agreement with reality itself. If they succeed, there will be a worldwide universal empire, which won‘t stand anything but „willing…

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Everything that we use and devalue beyond our basic needs becomes a victim of consumption. The process of consumption is the devaluation of material resources and non-material meanings. I was surprised to learn that this counts for thoughts as well. May this text be consumed too! In response to the celebrations of the 1989 revolution, I have combined passages from the latest book by Czech…

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Today, more than ever, we find ourselves surrounded by images from the past. Yet we have a paradoxical tendency to describe our relationship to the past with words like disinterest, shallowness and loss. These words suggest a tendency to head through our daily lives with no significant concern for either the past or the future. Our contemporary society often feels disjointed, lacking in a…

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In the 19th century, Central Europe experienced a wave of National Revivals, which were heavily influenced by national mythology. Only now can we differentiate between the two – for a long time, national mythology and national history were revered as one and the same thing. It was not only unpopular, but also unacceptable, to question this presumption. As a result, national identity was part…

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Carrying a basket full of pens, pencils, paper, and ink, Mad Meg would go on walks—and be drawn into the depths of the earth, buried among putrefied human bodies, pursued by insect men and turbid animals. And she relates all this to us through her drawings of what she’d seen... Harmonious and nightmarish, her universe is a reflection of our time, our society. Her Tableaux de Digestions,…

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