“Perhaps a state of being, whether attained or acquired, is a set of coordinates that give out position here with respect to there.”
- Dick Higgins (didnt manage to double check that one, extracted from McKenzie Wark's Dispositions)
“One never maps a territory that one doesn’t contemplate appropriating.”
- Le Comité invisible, Fuck off Google
"The opposite of the local isn't the global; it's the virtual.”
“The global is indeed so not opposed to the local that the global in fact produces the local. The global only refers to a certain distribution of differences based on a norm that homogenizes them all. Folklore is the effect of cosmopolitanism. If we don't know the local as something truly local, it ends up being a little mini global whole. The local appears to the extent that the global makes itself possible and necessary. Going to work, going shopping, traveling far away from home; that's what makes the local something truly local; otherwise it would be - much more modestly - merely the place you live in. “
"By drawing a diagram, a ground plan of a house, a street plan to the location of a site, or a topographic map, one draws a "logical two dimensional picture." A "logical picture" differs from a natural or realistic picture in that it rarely looks like the thing it stands for. It is a two dimensional analogy or metaphor - A is Z"
“The map is not the network.”
"It could be more interesting, then, not simply to look at the map but at what desires network mapping is trying to satisfy. If cartography has in the past been linked to imperial conquests of space, what space is there left today to conquer; the space between the nodes or even the space of all potential connections and links to be made?"
- Anna Munster & Geert Lovink, Theses on Distributed Aesthetics. Or, What a Network is Not
"A fundamental conclusion of the new physics acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.”
R.C. Henry, “The Mental Universe” ; Nature 436:29, 2005
"Observation not only disturbs what has to be measured, they produce it. We compel the electron to assume a definite position. We ourselves produce the results of the measurement.”
M. Mermin, Boojums All the Way Through: Communicating Science in a Prosaic Age (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1990)