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Technology and Time: Monument, spoliant, excavation/folly

Westwood, Martin (2014) Technology and Time: Monument, spoliant, excavation/folly. In: Headstone to Hard Drive. Monument to Folly 1, 25th October 2014, Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Westwood, Martin

'Technology and Time: Monument, spoliant, excavation/folly' is a 40 minute presentation, the opening claim of which is “Art battles over time. Art is the contestation of temporality.” The first part of the talk develops this claim through cultural examples, opening upon the anthropo-technical horizon of Leroi Gourhan and the autonomous technical time of Gilbert Simondon and Wolfgang Ernst. Bernard Stiegler’s development of the work of these writers is also advanced. The presentation develops from examples such as Lou Reed’s ‘progressive’, ‘avante gardist’, ‘Metal Machine Music’ and its subsequent, anachronistic, orchestration by Berlin ensemble ‘Zeitkratrzer’ towards claims concerning archaeology and time. Throughout, the talk is interspersed with the voice of Robert Smithson, providing instruction to the slide carousel operator during his 1972 talk ‘Hotel Palenque’. This recorded audio interjection brings the first half of the talk into play with the stakes of the second half of the talk in which the archaeological stations of Monument, Spoliant and Excavation/Folly are used to consider the technological, psychic and economic processes of accumulation, circulation and calculation.

Official Website: http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2014/10/25/Headstone-to-Hard-Drive-Monument-to-Folly-1/
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 25 October 2014
Event Location: Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA
Projects or Series: Headstone to Hard Drive
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2015 15:26
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2015 15:33
Item ID: 8375
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/8375

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