Samson, Audrey. 2017. Erasure. In: Helen Pritchard; Eric Snodgrass and Magda Tyżlik-Carver, eds. EXECUTING PRACTICES. (06) Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, pp. 143-154. ISBN 9781570273216 [Book Section]

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How does erasure execute knowledge production? The following is a tour through a collection of erasure that provides a glimpse into the many directions that this question may take us, through the lens of a series of artistic interventions, academic research, experiments and artefacts.

I present these items from a collector’s point of view. For achieving completion of this collection of erasures would be, in the words of Jean Baudrillard, like death. That is to say that the desire to complete the series, to achieve the perfection of its imaginary ending, is that which creates the elusive object of desire. As such, in the same way that a collection can always extend itself laterally, or spark a new one ([1968] 1996, 113), I am presenting it as an object of desire, fuelled by the impetus of neoliberal growth, which can never be complete and will forever expand into new meanings of execution, always towards the elusive erasure of death.

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Erasure, Delete, Memory, Execution, Obfuscation, Hyperthymesia, Censorship, Landforming, Infrastructural tourism, Surveillance, Blanking

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11 Dec 2019 13:31

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