thinking thru death

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My father died at 4:55 this afternoon, Sept. 6. I've been thinking - for the past several weeks - about the ontology of images and the epistemology of the imaginary in online work. The attached image is one of the results; it's my Facebook face, with a profile picture taken from War Against War, Krieg dem Kriege, by Ernst Friedrich - an anti-war book with disturbing images, including this one of a wounded soldier from WWI. I wanted people to stop at the image, withdraw / drawback, and this is in fact what happened. The image is gone now, just one of a number of my 'profile pictures,' but it was up for a while, part of simple disruptive performances based on discomfiture and dragging the 'real' across the 'virtual,' tearing at both.