people in motion

people in motion

lundi 13 août 2012

Some Pieces of Arts

A Thin Edge Separating Reality and Simulation

Now that almost all the volume on markets are initiated through and by the machines which are now shaping it in the form of algorithm we think it is interesting to  review one older post mentioning the artist Michael Najjar work showing the thin edge separating reality and simulation

In January 2009 Michael Najjar stood on the summit of Mount Aconcagua, at 6,962 meters the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas. The photographic material gathered in the course of the three week trek forms the basis of the "High Altitude" work series, which visualizes the development of the leading global stock market indices over the past 20-30 years. The virtual data of the stock market charts are resublimated in the craggy materiality of the Argentinean mountainscape. Just like the indices, mountains too have their timeline, their own biography. The rock formations soaring skywards like so many layered folds of a palimpsest bear witness to the life history of the mountain – stone storehouses of deep time unmeasureable on any human scale. The immediate reality of nature thus becomes a virtual experience. Such experience of virtuality is strikingly exemplified by the global economic and financial system. If the focus used to be on the exchange of goods and commodities, it is now securely on the exchange of immaterial information. The information society has brought about a tectonic shift in our understanding of space and time. Humankind is confronted with a process of such dynamic complexity that the borderlines we seemingly identify at one moment are already sublimated in the next. In future the virtual value system could demand its proper reincarnation in the real world. The jagged rock formations of “high altitude” are emblematic of the thin edge separating reality and simulation.


More : Go to Micheal Najjar's site then launch the site and click high altitude and you see the charts of major stock market indexes in nature. 

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