For them, Paris no longer appears as a city of present and future possibilities, but as a museum of the literary past, an open-air library of phantomatic
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(35) In his editor's note to Nicolas Abraham's essay Nicolas Rand explains: 'Abraham's theory of the phantom enlarges upon Freud's metapsychology by suggesting that the unsettling disruptions in the psychic life of one person can adversely and unconsciously affect someone else [in the form of] ventriloquism and calls it a phantom, a haunting, or a phantomatic
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Tinguely's most famous iteration, Homage to New York, which self-destructed in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art in 1960, was dubbed by the artist a "simulacrum of catastrophe," a "cynical object, both luciferian and phantomatic
in nature." (1) Not everyone was impressed by such apocalyptic spectacles, which served up the fiery wreckage of industrial society as a pyrotechnic display to an enthralled audience.