‘And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honored disguise and borrowed language.’
– The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte. Karl Marx 1852
In Given & Transmitted, the words of a long dead man exist within an ecosystem of irrelevant posters, severely damaged since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. There are no punters, there is no event, the hotline has gone cold.