Manchester vs Athens

Mathematics is the combination of two traditions, the deductive greek science whose Idealtypus was geometry, and the manipulative algebraic techniques that Middle Age inherited from Arab science. Freeman Dyson, in the Gifford lecture “Infinite in all Directions”(1985) talks about a… Read More ›

The problem of power

Upon reading Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion; Civilization and its discontents Amos Vogel, Film as a Subversive Art Hans Richter, Dada Lunacharski, Narkompros the following problem springs to the mind. It revolves around the concept of evil, but… Read More ›

Guernica vs. “Gone with the wind”

In the wonderful interview below (now in “Fractured Times“, Ch. 20: ‘The Avant-Garde fails’) Eric Hobsbawm argues that 1) 20th century painters retreated into areas of conceptual art and distanced themselves from representation because cinema (and before that photography) conquered their… Read More ›