TYRANNY OF REAL TIME

‘The chamber of wonders crops up in the sixteenth century in _a world that was opening up_ thanks to maritime conquest, which brought with it the discovery of exoticism in all its forms, notably with the _cabinet of curios_ of the seventeenth century. But the coming opening of the ACCIDENT MUSEUM is contemporary with a world that is _closing in on itself_ only to occupy itself, in the twenty-first century, with ecological endotism, in expectation of the first stirrings of a kind of eschatology that democracy will one day have to deal with if it wants to avoid disappearing under the threat of a new tyranny, the TYRANNY OF REAL TIME, this ‘accident in Time’ belonging to an instanteneity that is the fruit of a technological progress out of political control.’

-Paul Virilio, City of Panic (Berg, 2004; 68-69)

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