The following is Benjamin’s ninth thesis from the essay “Theses on the Philosophy of History”:
The upcoming symposium Feedforward. The Angel of History in Spain refers to this title and episode of retrieving by transposing it onto the ‘wreackage of the 20th century’: …. brings together theorists and artists, who will explore via panel discussions the five primary themes presented in the exhibition: the “wreckage” of the 20th century created by wars and conflict; the countermeasures of surveillance and repression that the state as well as global capital set up in an to attempt to maintain control; the aesthetics and symbolic language of the media of our times; the forces of economic globalization such as outsourcing and migration; and the possibilities of reconstruction and agency.
|Evoking Walter Benjamin’s famous image of history as an angel who is at once looking backward at the past as she is flying forward toward the future, John Akomfrah’s latest film essay is a similarly non-linear flight through a history of science fiction art and its relation to the Pan-African experience. As Akomfrah himself has said: these issues are not simply related, “the Black experience is science fiction!”|
.. and may be here we connect in a kind of unreasonable mood to the latest Venture Bros. episode …… but there are better resources to tell you about it ….