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Utopian Fax Machines
talk (45 min)
2016

...it’s not that I’m a technophile. I’m not, I never was, but I’m not a technophobe. Any [technology] about picture making would interest me.
– David Hockney

This talk posits Hockney's relationship toward technology -- from photomontage to faxes, early computer drawings, and a car-mounted camera system inadvertently reminiscent of StreetView -- as a model for how an artist might uniquely engage new technologies without fetishizing them. From there, the talk moves on to consider Daniel Jones and James Bulleys’ Living Symphonies, Camille Utterback’s Entangled, and Erica Molesworth’s Silicon Landscapes as contemporary examples of mediations that ultimately place us more squarely in the physical, embodied world. Utlimately, I try to contextualize my own Bureau of Suspended Objects as an effort to use the digital as a portal back into the physical.


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