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The Vanishing Object of Technology

Zylinska, Joanna. 2015. The Vanishing Object of Technology. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 1(1), ISSN 2380-3312 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This video essay offers a poetic meditation on the changing ecology of our everyday technical setups. It focuses on the gradual disappearance of cables, leads, and wires from behind of our computers, music systems, TV sets, kitchen equipment, and other domestic devices that rely on the continuous supply of electricity for their functioning, to explore the aesthetics of such workaday entanglements. Interweaving shots from underneath the artist’s desk taken over a period of one month into a haunting installation of lines, grids and traces, it proposes an intertwined textual and visual engagement with a unique moment in the history of technology.

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technology, cable, wire, obsolescence

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Media and Communications



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Date Deposited:

18 Aug 2017 10:58

Last Modified:

18 Aug 2017 12:57

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20874

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