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August 29, 2005


Thomas Basbøll

Well, there are at least two things that connect Flarf to Wittgenstein. First, W. was interested in bringing words back from their metaphysical to their ordinary uses, which is an operation that Flarf, both in its trademark procedure (Google-sculpting) and aesthetic (chatroom, blog, etc.) openly pursues. Second, Wittgenstein believed that "what is hidden is of no interest to philosophy" and nothing is hidden in Flarf (for a time, the sources are as available to reader as they were to the poet). The philosopher (and, mutatis mutandis, the poet) works by the arrangement of "remarkable" surfaces.

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