Ghosts are trans-temporal entities. They can be characterized by their resistance to linearity and progress. They are disruptors of one-direction narratives, favouring instead a process of entanglement and simultaneous engagement.
They reject the vanishing-point perspective mode of visual organization.
They evolve together with technology and accept their own subsequent morphology and representation.
'Ultimately, mimesis is nothing other than a rhythmics of appearance through which the mystery - or the evidence - of the rising or suspension [la leveé] of forms in general is known, is recognized, and participates.'
Jean-Luc Nancy, 'The Pleasure in Drawing'
'Here lies the present paradox: work has totally triumphed over all other ways of existing, at the same time as workers have become superfluous.'
The Invisible Committee, 'The Coming Insurrection'
this 'blur of spirit' expressed by the ultimate author Tarkovsky through cinema...
"if the external emotional structure of a film is based on the author's memory, when impressions of his personal life have been transmuted into screen images, then the film will have the power to move those who see it"..
The digital signal is not a continuous signal, like the analogue wave form. It cannot be infinite, it is 'discrete'. It needs to be a defined set of data, of numbers - but it can of course, replicate/represent analogue forms. So how does the digital become infinite? Does it simply mimic infinity? I think of Roger Callois and the opening lines of 'Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia':
"From whatever side one approaches things, the ultimate problem turns out in the final analysis to be that of distinction: distinctions between the real and the imaginary.."
Is replication a form of nostalgia?... Replicating a situation, a set of emotions - to relive an event, set up the conditions and circumstances once more so as to succeed in what in the past may have failed. The extreme 'replicator' is the protagonist of Tom McCarthy's novel 'Remainder' - forever engaged in the replication of the ultimate experience.
What is interesting is that there has been a premise that the 'real' analogue world can be represented by a digital code. So the 'real' analogue sound wave is merely replicated with a discrete digital signal. What happens then, when nothing is represented, when the interpretation of the 'real' is no longer viable on the above terms?
..are we essentially replaced? - does the cast do away with the original body?
..'Much like the way that human children have the ability to grow back a severed fingertip until the age of seven, Xenopus tadpoles can regenerate their tails, provided these are lost during the first seven days of life.'
Karen Barad in 'Transmaterialities'.. Self-generating matter..Matter-memory..