A short documentary around my work by researchers from Media and Arts Technology programme, Queen Mary University of London. Thank you James Bridle, Laura Davidson and Dems for your insightful contributions. 

"Our hyper-rationalism of modern technology has paradoxically produced its opposite, an ‘irrational’ magical realm."

 Press release for Mark Leckey’s The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things.

yes, could not agree more.

Early commercial exploitation of CCTV technology; the sign reads: “Do you want to increase efficiency in your office? This can be simply and cheaply undertaken by Pye closed-circuit television.”
Photograph taken by Charles E Fraser. My investigations lead me to believe this was taken in 1951 at the Festival of Britain. Photo recently found by myself at a car-boot sale in London. 

Early commercial exploitation of CCTV technology; the sign reads: “Do you want to increase efficiency in your office? This can be simply and cheaply undertaken by Pye closed-circuit television.”

Photograph taken by Charles E Fraser. My investigations lead me to believe this was taken in 1951 at the Festival of Britain. Photo recently found by myself at a car-boot sale in London. 

Technology makes us human, Neil MacGregor revisited.

One of my favourite books is A history of the World in 100 objects by Neil MacGregor. I’m also a fan of the British Museum where MacGregor has the small role of Museum Director. One quote really stands out for me and keeps me thinking and rethinking our relationship with technology:


“From the point where our ancestors started making tools, people have been unable to survive without the things they make; in this sense, it is making things that makes us human.”
A history of the World in 100 Objects. p.13

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