Deep Space Angelus Novus (Paper Mache Comet-Object)


A few quick comments: The Object Oriented Ontologists will be having a field day with the new photographs from the European Space Agency’s Philae lander. The object at hand is truly withdrawn from the form of relation. Comets are seraphic beings. Perhaps then this is what an angel looks like: irregular in shape and surface, rough, craggy, and distant, encased in the vacuum of space, as it us brought into a more sensual relation with a human technological prosthetic system. Frankly, the photograph looks fake. “Not real” or “unreal,” the object looks like it was made out of paper mache.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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