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HYLAND We inhabit an age of what Freud called over- determination, in which a product of the psyche is caused not simply by another thing, but by everything, when a single cause would be sufficient to explain a given phenomenon. (Wittgenstein came to a similar conclusion about the real world, describing it, not as a woven fabric, but as a felt, in which fibers and materials are pressed together so closely as to make causal relationships impossible to trace.) a At New York's Pulse Art Fair, on Sunday May 10th, the many wonderful objects, images and apparitions testified to over-determination: by technology, religion, politics and last but not least aesthetics, which today encompasses a wider, denser range of standards and sensibilities than ever before in the history of art. Douglas Beube's Kylix; The Stuff of Tho

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