Tomislav Medak

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PublisherMeson Press2019
Archives have become a nexus in the wake of the digital turn. This book sets out to show how expanded archival practices can challenge contemporary conceptions and inform the redistribution of power and resources. Calling for the necessity to reimagine the potentials of archives in practice, the three contributions ask: Can archives fulfill their paradoxical potential as utopian sites in which the analog and the digital, the past and future, and remembrance and forgetting commingle?
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The philosopher Tomislav Medak takes the works and the research of Sašo Sedlaček as a vantage point from which to consider how forms of social domination structure technological development in the present and how the present technological configuration is functional for the reproduction of those forms of social domination. Sedlaček’s works show the advancement of technology as a source of waste. They also deploy methods of re-purposing the technologies that grow in the shadows of capitalist technoscience – obsolete hardware, free software, alternative technology design and indigenous techniques. The marginal status of such alternative technologies speaks to the fact that ...
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Today, we live in a world where every time we turn on our smartphones, we are inextricably tied by data, laws and flowing bytes to different countries. A world in which personal expressions are framed and mediated by digital platforms, and where new kinds of currencies, financial exchange and even labor bypass corporations and governments. Simultaneously, the same technologies increase governmental powers of surveillance, allow corporations to extract ever more complex working arrangements and do little to slow the construction of actual walls along actual borders. On the one hand, the agency of individuals and groups is starting to approach ...

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