Mal du Materiel: High Technology and its Shadow

The shadow of Human Nature is cast by its materiality, a materiality which now, as in antiquity, must be won by mechanical processes. These processes have been shrunk and disappeared into the hardware, but they still cast a shadow, which follows us around, calling us to seek out and explore their human industrial legacy. Here we may see the merciless Bataille-ian economy of excess of which we are an infinitesimal part, and address, with Flusser and Crichton, the justification for techno-ethics. Continue reading