The Eight Technologies of Otherness
Routledge, 1997 - Social Science - 369 pages
Sue Golding asks in her Word of Warning, what would happen to the so-called 'postmodern' if we were to stop sterilizing the wounds? If we were to take seriously political freedom; cultural revolution; fear; disease; trash; flesh; multiple ethics; homelessness; rhythm; violence; virtual bodies; computing sciences; boredom; anger; light; experimentation; art - and all the myriad joys and fears that come from a refusal to be comforted by the easy, neat, and clean? The short answer: we would be playing with fire.
The longer answer, in all its tactile rawness, spins out in the eight technologies: curiosity, noise, cruelty, appetite, skin, nomadism, contamination, and dwelling. These technologies stand, in a way, on their own; and yet are not fully resolved in and of themselves. But why only eight technologies? And why these eight, in particular? The thirty-three artists, philosophers, film-makers, writers, photographers, political militants, and 'pulp-theory' practitioners whose work (or life) has contributed to the re-thinking of 'otherness' to which this book bears witness throw out a few clues.
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