The Centre Cannot Hold
A collection of textual fragments in the style of the Jena Romantics' "Fragmente aus der Zukunft" is framed by two essays that trace the history of twentieth-century military Early Warning Systems. Dr. David Murakimi Wood, Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Surveillance & Society, writes a detailed history of British wireless telegraphy outposts from his research in the National Archives. Charles Stankievech, through his fieldwork, outlines the architectural shifts in Early Warning Systems starting with WWI sound paraboloids, through WWII cement bunkers, into Cold War geodesic radar domes. The bricolage of literary and theoretic fragments form a ruinous texutal landscape for the flaneur to wander through, encountering fields as various as military documents, modernist poetry, science fiction, crtiical theory, including: Clarice Lispector, J.G. Ballard, Ikhwan al Safa, Fernando Pessoa, Friedrich Schlegel, Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin, Arthur Schopenhauer, Theodor Adorno, Gilles Deleuze, Robert Smithson, Lucy Lippard, W.G. Sebald, Ernst Jünger, Paul Virilio, Laurence Sterne, Joseph Heller, A.E. van Vogt, Fredric Jameson, Ursula K, Le Guin, Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Pynchon, Virginia Woolf, Georges Bataille, Jeremy Bentham, Michel Foucault, Albert Speer, Albert Einstein, Robert Smithson, Blaise Pascal, Carl von Clausewitz, US Army, Eyal Weizman, Reza Negarestani, Ezra Pound, Marshall Mcluhan, Friedrich Kittler, Paul N. Edwards, Julian Assange.