Techno-animism | The everyday fetishisation of techno-digital objects and systems.
Technological systems, computers and other forms of connected objects, give us the impression that another self is created; positioned outside the individual, inside the machine. We build relationships with these techno-digital objects, make sense of and relate to invisible complex systems through imagination and spirituality. However, the more we subject ourselves to see technology as magical, the less inclined we are to demystify the illusions and confront all sorts of unsettling issues: control, privacy, transparency, deceit. What if we used the metaphors for informative reasoning rather than to construct idealised representations of such artefacts? Can design help us communicate the logic over the magic?
Panelists: Betti Marenko, Tobias Revell & Robert Walker.
Chair: Ken Hollings
Curator: Annelise Keestra (with the great support of Ken Hollings)
Tuesday 22 November | Royal College of Art