High power, low self-esteem? Let’s have one last postmodern party for our dying homeworld, shall we?
Coleen Becker, art historian, described Aby Warburg’s work on the Mnemosyne Atlas (October 1929) as describing how fundamental images belonging to the Antiquity travel through time, or that of myths, resuscitated in recent times, signalling these elements as the manifestation of a collective psychic discomfort.
In simpler terms, according to Warburg, an older cultural form’s return usually signals a present psychological dysfunction, one that disrupts the individual as well as the collective mind. Becker furthers this idea by observing that “since these images are encryption’s of <<eternal truths>>, they function as contemporary vehicles whose function is to establish control over the irrational, even if the inherent belief in their premonitory power in itself lacks logic.”
And yet, we piss on those statues because we drink too much.