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Difference and OrientationAn Alexander Kluge Reader$
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Alexander Kluge and Richard Langston

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501739200

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501739200.001.0001

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Planting Gardens in the Data Tsunami

Planting Gardens in the Data Tsunami

(p.331) 19 Planting Gardens in the Data Tsunami
Difference and Orientation

Alexander Kluge

, Richard Langston
Cornell University Press

This chapter assesses the dialogue between Uwe Ebbinghaus and Alexander Kluge wherein they talked about the Internet. While the Internet floods people with its overwhelming mass of information, it evokes a counterreaction at the same time: people tend to dismiss everything that is superfluous and unimportant to them. According to Kluge, this reaction presents a new form of intelligence, and it also poses a challenge to art. There is a new longing for sustainability and a longing for a new “hortus conclusus,” a walled-off garden; a heightened interest in boundaries and containers has emerged. This is art's new calling. Art will connect everything that opera, oil paintings, and literary texts once accomplished on their own by rearranging the material according to a constellative dramaturgy that obeys nonvisible forces. The new challenge for art is to create beacons of light, harbors, and rafts.

Keywords:   Uwe Ebbinghaus, Alexander Kluge, Internet, information, intelligence, art, boundaries

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