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Steam Powered Search
The 19th century's great engines of change vented coal-fed steam. This was a society that rested on its mines; its products dominated life and determined its inventions and transport infrastructure. In this way the coal mines of England recursively transformed the bodies of those who touched them and redirected large parts of its society to feed its machines.
In 1825 the steam engine escaped from the mine and spread out across the landscape, applying itself to transportation. By 1840 the Great Western Railway Engines demanded that the landscape be compressed into manageable chunks of aligned timetables. This was the first time all the cities in the UK used the same time zone, helping coordinate their bodies into mass labour. The mines transformed the body as the body transformed the mine, feeding lungs into the hungry boilers of empire.
For millennium a message could only travel as fast as it could be physically transported. Out of the social turmoil of the French Revolution and Dolland’s invention of the telescope in 1758, the Chappe brothers were able to build in 1791 a visual semaphore system that could carry Napoleon's messages at speeds over 400 miles an hour. This began to loosen the link between communication and transport, a link which finally broke on 25 July 1837 somewhere between Euston terminus and Camden Town Station London when Cooke and Wheatstone installed their invention of the electrical telegraph for the North Western Railway.
Art in this context becomes a calming anaesthetic, warmly suffusing our social bodies, blunting the convulsions as everything goes situation critical. Art fills the gaps of economic Darwinism's lack of imagination - a cheap panacea for social inclusion, economic regeneration, health inequalities and the maintenance of an unfair world.