In 1961, on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of his home town, Martin Heidegger wrote, ‘coming home to Meßkirch today, the first thing one notices is the forest of television and radio aerials on every roof-top’.
Television: the process of producing on a distant screen a series of transient audio-visual messages.
For Heidegger, the aerials of Meßkirch were a persuasive symbol of the future — our minds are no longer at home.
Once converted by the television receiver, the audio-visual messages tantalise all before the screen. It becomes the place to cut toenails, fornicate, fart, sleep and sit in silence.