Galaxies → eventually there will be nothing


  • Matt Martin



sublation, palimpsest, authority, authorship, time, loss, universe, removal, Hegel, Erased de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, A Humument, Tom Phillips


Historically, a palimpsest is a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain; or by analogy, anything reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. Although this practice was most often done with little regard to the original, primarily serving a pragmatic purpose not to waste parchment, it can instead be utilized as methodology for a sort of physical sublation, as it both preserves and changes the original. Or put another way, critically doing a palimpsest allows the physical alteration to become the dialectic interplay between the original and some other term, concept, or object. If contextualized then as a review, this process retains the basic premise of analysis, but changes it from a form of external evaluation to one of synthesis.

Author Biography

Matt Martin

Matt Martin is a Chicago-based artist whose projects are generally concerned with metaphysical questions of scale, indeterminacy, and recursive states; and are engaged with material and object intra-relations, primarily through two and three-dimensional assemblages and installations.


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McCabe, Chris. 2012. “A Little White Opening Out of Thought.” Poetry Review 102 (3). Accessed February 2018.

Phillips, Tom. 1970. A Humument. London: Thames & Hudson.

Roberts, Sarah. 2013. “Erased de Kooning Drawing.” Rauschenberg Research Project, July 2013. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Accessed February 2018.




How to Cite

Martin, Matt. 2018. “Galaxies → Eventually There Will Be Nothing”. Performance Philosophy 4 (1):297-324.