Techno Formalism: Excessive Surfaces, Abstracted Identities

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  • Emerging Art Practices

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  • Techno Formalism: Excessive Surfaces, Abstracted Identities

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  • Prologue: Instead of drowning in the waves of postmodernism, formalism has surfaced in terminal cultures. The genealogy of techno-formalism leads to the German Bauhaus. I present flashbacks of 1920s techno-utopias. Epilogue: Is formalism in media arts an erasure of identity, work, space? Instead of bipolarizing dystopias and utopias, content and form, the epilogue discusses acceleration and excess as strategies of deformalization. Flashy citations from works by Troy Innocent, VNS Matrix, and others are included.

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