John Welshman

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    “UP IN THE AIR,” “all at sea,” “spaced out.” These old (and newer) formulae render the experiences and forfeitures of displacement. In this common parlance, internal, psychic disruption is measured by a preposition—a “state of being-in-place”—paired with a nonland base. While technology has to an extent subdued these unterrestial ethers—air, space, sea—and partly overcome their friction, such clichés identify a fundamental inertia in the (physical) economies of movement. And this despite the booming vectors of data communication. The body, anyway, does not travel like information.

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