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346 CULTURE AS NATURE Rauschtubcrgs view f his landscape of media was both affectionate and ironic He likecl cxcavating wllole histories within an image histories of the media themselves A pcrfcct cxamplc is the red patch at the bottom right corner of Retroactive I plate 229 It is a silkscreen enlargement ofa photo by Gjon Mili which he found in LiJe magazine Milis photograph was a carefully set-up parody with the aid of a stroboscopic flash of Duchamps Nule Deseeli7g a Staircase I9I2 plate 30 Duchamps painting was in turn based on Mareys photos of a moving body So the image goes back through seventy years of technological time through allusion after allusion and a further irony is that in its Rauschenbergian form it ends up looking precisely like the figures of Adam and Eve expelled from Eden in Masaccios fresco for the Carmine in Florence This in turn converts the image of John Kennedv who was dead by then and rapidly approaching apotheosis as the centre of a mawkish cult into a sort of vengeful gotl Witl a pointing finger so fulfilling the prophecy Edmond de Goncourt confided to his journal in I861 Ihe tlav Will come wllen all the modern nations will adore a sort of American god about whom mucll will haN e been w ritten in the popular press and images of this god vill be set up in the churchcs not as the imag ination of each individual painter maV fanc-N him but fixed once and for all h- pllotograpllN- On that das civili7ation will have reached its peak and there u-ill be stcam-propelletl gondolas in Venice From television film and photography we receive a stream ofimages every day There is no wa- of paying equal attention to all that surplus so we skim The image we r enember is the one that most r esembles a sign simple clear repetitious Everything the camera gives us
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