Rory Rowan

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Publishere-flux2014
How do we invent bad criteria for rotten infrastructure, the sliding of norms to the always incomplete and the already broken? The hack, the stupid fix, the patch—these are songs sung out of holes and faults and leaks. We are only now discovering that the limits to our endurance are actually far more constitutive than our daydream fantasies of a wholeness based in currency that already functions perfectly well as toilet paper. This is past the Romantic tradition of inspired cataclysmic becoming and inside of its ruin only because it’s just not how things work out for most people who ...
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For the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale, Library Stack has compiled a series of essays that map a notional ‘right to loot’ across the urgency of climate crisis and the demand for degrowth. How or when does an unfolding catastrophe manifest a new moral right to dismantle, seize or inhabit the archival, technological, educational, or economic systems producing that crisis? The series finds Shannon Mattern speculating on deep storage archives and their horizon of futurity; Esther Choi on the falsehoods of architecture’s sustainability discourse; Edgardo Civallero and Sara Plaza on the role of libraries in shaping a public consciousness; Rory Rowan ...
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PublisherLibrary Stack2019
The iPhone 3G, this innocuous and already slightly outmoded little cluster of minerals and marketing, is an emblematic meeting point for the material and symbolic processes shaping the contemporary entanglement of social and geologic stratifications: both product and engine of the great cleavages of the global economy, those geopolitical fractures that Marxist critics refer to with euphemistic kid gloves as “uneven development;” a treasured possession bound up with resource wars and environmentally destructive extraction practices driven by a rapacious global system of neo-colonial corporate-feudalism; the consumer excretion of a world where exhausted Chinese factory workers are driven to suicide satisfying ...

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