This video segment complements the 2014 English-language edition of History and Obstinacy by Alexander Kluge and Oskar Negt, edited by Devin Fore and translated by Richard Langston (Zone Books).
“Intercourse with four billion years of evolution, two thousand years of historical time, the cumulative landscapes of industry, and the emotions of the entire body is both objective and definite. Cells know everything, all the way up to the stars. Either the head has never experienced anything of this sort, or it has forgotten it altogether” (p. 158).
See Commentary 3: “On the Concept of the Real” (pp. 156-61).
See also “21,999 B.C.” (pp. 438-39).
History and Obstinacy
Alexander Kluge: Cultural History in Dialogue is a joint project of Cornell University, Universität Bremen and Princeton University.