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David Lamelas

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Of the many contradictions that inflect “A New Refutation of Time” (1944–47), Jorge Luis Borges’s critique of idealist philosophies, perhaps the greatest comes last: “The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges.” Prior to this line, Borges uses the measured logic of philosophers like George Berkeley—who claims that matter and the self do not exist outside perceptual parameters—to argue that temporal succession is also a mental construct. Borges, however, makes an endgame of idealist doctrine, commandeering its terms in order to negate it, thus reinstating an “irreversible and iron-clad” material order that subsumes time: “Time is the substance I am made of. It is the river which carries me along, but I am the river.”

Borges’s dialectical summation seems a fitting model for discussing the Conceptual practice of David Lamelas. In fact, Lamelas’s silent film Reading of an

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