In search of temporal loopholes: insuring against a future that will never come

Fuggle, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-9688-9593, 2018. In search of temporal loopholes: insuring against a future that will never come. Continuum, 32 (6), pp. 795-807. ISSN 1030-4312

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Abstract

This series of reflections on the contemporary experience and consciousness of time calls for a radical rethinking to confront the present and future threat of climate-led disaster. Focusing on the pocketwatch and smartwatch, the article will consider Paul Virilio's critique of contemporary forms of alienation and the ever-increasing disjuncture between human experience and the instruments that measure and analyse time in the service of the global, financial market. Jean-Pierre Dupuy's 'enlightened catastrophism' is proposed as opening up possibilities for a politics of time which can reposition the present in the service of a future threatened by the vicissitudes of late capitalism. The paper goes on to argue that Dupuy needs to be reread alongside Virilio, taking into account the latter's notion of 'time pollution' and critique of forecasting. The conceptual framings proposed are elucidated with reference to a cinematic tradition that takes the multiple temporalities shaping human existence as its object.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Continuum
Creators: Fuggle, S.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2018
Volume: 32
Number: 6
ISSN: 1030-4312
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/10304312.2018.1515345DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 Sep 2018 11:44
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2020 03:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34487

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