Fabric Of Reality. (A Snapshot )
As we enter the 21st century, Reality is about to replace
Freedom as the century’s’ most coveted ideal. Where
Freedom starts and where it ends, who deserves his Freedom
and under which conditions: this was the subject of
our past academic confrontations and most of the social
Today the debate is Reality. What is Real and what is
Fiction, how to recognize the difference and how to
communicate the knowledge of such a difference.
And also who has the right to diffuse knowledge about
Reality? In what way?
We are entities composed, in large part, by information
as well as by bones and flesh: to whom belongs this
info-slave inside each of us? Day after day, this becomes
the reason for legal and illegal battles. Still shaken
by the trouble about Freedom, we tend to consider contemporary
life as just another fictional
story. Many of us will still look at an Atlas, convinced
that they are our only natural environment and then
look down at computers and networks as if they were
We forget that everything today is double. Take the
blank noise of the city outside of your window; look
once at the city and then your fax-machine and there
it is, a double void, ready to ring.
If silence has its double, then property has a double
too: recently the King of the small island of Tuvalu
sold a Canadian company his Internet domain, “Tuvalu.
TV” (a country automatically owns it’s .com,.net, .org,
.tv, etc even if it has no Internet connection at all).
He multiplied the wealth of his country by
selling its alias.
But the International law and the idea of Justice feel
strange after our recent war against Serbia. While such
an aggression against a European country was in progress,
in Littleton, Colorado, two 18 years old boys decided
to give a similar lesson to their hostile environment
by killing 15 young people, including themselves.
The fact that everybody pretends to be shocked by those
killings is evidence about Reality. The adult world,
which enjoys a bloody competition inside its tribe,
fails to recognize a “legitimate” war between adolescents.
(From Judith Rich Harris we know that “children adopt
certain behaviors in social venues in
order to win acceptance from their peers).
The press blamed Littleton on Cinema, Music, Internet
and the videogames; in short, everything that is a portal
to other realities. Public fear, tries to compact a
multitude of “states of being” into a unique old-style
RealLife, while it openly honors its femons, the spectacles
of War and destruction.
Miltos Manetas - 1999, written for F.O.R show at Rebecca
Camhi, Athens, May 1999.