We are the pioneers of a new time-space. More than ever we are perpetually enveloped in information and communication, at any time and any place. Over the past twenty years, realtime technologies (RTs), such as the internet and the smartphone, tightened their grip on our time as such. The author’s wonder about this recent development spurred his thinking toward the temporal and existential implications of RTs. The leading conjecture of this doctoral thesis is that our present could be elucidated by a new temporality, i.e. real time, and its new time-space, which can be called a ‘realtime reality’. This reality is explored by contrasting the thinking of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger with the writings of the Dutch poet Sybren Polet, which makes this explanation of our present an exploration of language, technology and time. First, it seeks to analyze the existential implications of realtime reality by a discussion and appropriation of Heidegger’s thought. Second, a close reading of Polet’s avant-gardistic poetry inspires us to adopt a more playful attitude towards the new technologies. While Heidegger can teach us how to take a critical stance, Polet could be an inspirational source in the exploration of a new temporal practice. Will we succesfully inhabit the new reality?

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J. de Mul (Jos) , A.W. Prins (Awee) , M. Wehrle (Maren)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Filosofie van Mens en Cultuur