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Title: Fictitious Future Pasts? Artists reflecting the transhistorical entanglements of telecommunication infrastructures, (post-)colonial trading, and geopolitics
Authors: Kwastek, Katja
Issue Date: 22-Nov-2017
Abstract: This paper discusses the installation Malleable Regress (Arctic) by Dutch artists Femke Herregraven. It argues that, in appropriating objects once serving a now outdated technology to imagine fictitious future technological scrap, Herregraven points to the endless circuits of imagination, innovation, production, distribution, use, obsolescence, disposal, decay and oblivion which drive technological evolution, addressing technology as entangled infrastructure, or, to use Timothy Morton's term, as hyperobject.
Description: Short Bio Katja Kwastek is professor of modern and contemporary art history at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research focuses on processual, digital and post-digital art, media history, theory and aesthetics, and digital humanities. In 2004, Katja Kwastek curated the first international exhibition and conference project on “Art and Wireless Communication”. She has lectured internationally and published many books and essays, including “Aesthetics of Interaction in Digital Art” (MIT Press, 2013).
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