|ISEA'95 - Actes / Proceedings|
"Although humanity has fashioned a system of powerful, immaculate machines and products, in their presence the human subject can only feel a sense of belittlement, incompleteness, lack--a feeling [Günter] Anders calls 'Promethean shame'. [....] It is the human body itself--comparatively unadaptable, vulnerable, mortal--that is felt to be the ultimate obstacle to the perfection of the machine environment."1
- 1.Christopher Phillips, "Desiring Machines: Notes on Commodity, Celebrity, and Death in the Early Work of Andy Warhol," in: Public Information: Desire, Disaster, Document (New York: Distributed Art Publishers and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1994), citing and commenting on Günther Anders ["other", birth surname Stern] notion of serial reproduction as immortality, Die Antiquiertheit des Menschen: Über die Shicksal der Seele in den zweiten industriellen Zeitalter ["the obsoleteness of humanity: on the fate of the soul in the second industrial age"] (München: H. Beck, 1956).
- 2.Nell Tenhaaf describes the "willing machine" and the "bachelor machine" as exponents of a masculinist relation to technology in "On Monitors and Men and other Unsolved Feminine Mysteries: Video Technology and the Feminine," in: Critical Issues in Electronic Media, ed. Simon Penny (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995), pp. 219-233.
- 3.See Aladair Duncan's "Milo Garcia, i'M a Gorila c, i Micro Gala, i i a GlaM roc." Mute 1 (Spring 1995), p. XII.
- 4.See Tenhaaf, p. 227.
- 5.Susan Stewart's On Longing is a sustained exploration of the cultural meaning of scale. Oursler's "System" explores both the gigantic body made of fragments and the enclosed toy worlds of the miniature.