Eternal return, also known as eternal recurrence, is a concept that the universe and all existence and energy has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space. The concept is found in ancient philosophy and was subsequently taken up by the Pythagoreans and Stoics (see Heraclitus).

Eternal Return of Collecting,

The action of collecting and transmitting can be explored through Deleuze postmodernist interpretation:

« According to Nietzsche the eternal return is in no sense a thought of the identical but rather a thought of synthesis, a thought of the absolutely different. — It is not the ‘same’ or the ‘one’ which comes back in the eternal return but return is itself the one which ought to belong to diversity and to that which differs.

The eternal return within collecting is surely not the recurrence of the same.
“…it is the recurrence of difference, of difference itself. The future will reveal itself to be the eternal return; and in the return will be found the affirmation of difference that is Deleuze’s Nietzschean spirit. Deleuze’s definition of the eternal return is obscure: “Return is the being of that which becomes. Return is the being of becoming itself, the being which is affirmed in becoming”. (Cf. Milan Urošević, Gilles Deleuze-An Introduction).

The “List of collectables” article on English wikipedia is a pleasant reading, we shoud add an old Greek quote: “If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” (Heraclitus)

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04.01.2018 PWT 1-2018: Last Chance to Square the Circle of the Art Market ?

“Squaring the circle is a problem proposed by ancient geometers. It is the challenge of constructing a square with the same area as a given circle by using only a finite number of steps with compass and straightedge.

In 1882, the task was proven to be impossible, as a consequence of the Lindemann–Weierstrass theorem which proves that pi (π) is a transcendental, rather than an algebraic irrational number; that is, it is not the root of any polynomial with rational coefficients. Approximate squaring to any given non-perfect accuracy, in contrast, is possible in a finite number of steps, since there are rational numbers arbitrarily close to π.

The expression « squaring the circle » is sometimes used as a metaphor for trying to do the impossible.” (Wikipedia)

178 years ago, the invention of photography opened the way to create images and also to reproduce art, giving access to the multitude, promoting the frame of a market. Photography also gave more and more freedom to the artists, allowing pictorial documentation and proof of ephemeral installations.

Now we are engaged in a great technological revolution, testing whether photography and art on paper or any archive so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure… (follow on page 25)

PWT 01-2018 Squaring the Circle

A modest 2018 New Year address (Tribute to the 1863 Gettysburg Address)

Eight scores and eighteen years ago our fathers brought forth on this world, a new invention, patiently conceived on several occasions and in several locations, and dedicated to the proposition that all men can create images.

Now we are engaged in a great technological revolution, testing whether those archives on metal and paper or any archive so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

We have reached a great battlefield of that revolution.

We have come to a situation where libraries and museums, many, will soon close or deaccess their collections soon after they have been digitally preserved.

For many in charge, it is altogether fitting and proper that they should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not control—we can not organize—we can not understand—the consequences of that dematerialization of our culture.

The brave artists and curators, living and dead, who struggled here, have created this grand legacy, far above our poor power to add or detract.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored creators we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these pictures shall not have been created in vain —that this material baggage, shall have a future — and that the cultural heritage of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.