Monday, February 23, 2015

Virtual insanity

Not content with merely releasing an album-length meditation on the way technology and capitalism are coming into sinister combination to transform our thinking (The Future's Void, which continues to grow in my estimation with every listen), it turns out that EMA has also created a multimedia installation on the subject, I Wanna Destroy, performed recently at MOMA in New York. According to Sady Doyle's review for In These Times, however, the latter work approaches the topic from a different angle, dwelling not on the myriad invisible connections technology creates and the endless intrusions it makes upon our privacy but on the flipside, the way technology can actually disconnect and alienate.

Both perspectives are valid, of critical importance and ripe for exploration. At a time when everyone seems to be obsessed with analytics and social media and when even your TV can eavesdrop on you, it's reassuring to know that there are some people prepared to question - or at least contemplate the consequences of - technological developments that many complacently endorse as "advances".

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