Category Archives: Technological Object

Technological Object: Black Box

Amongst volumes on Dali, Francis Bacon and Helmut Newton, J.G. Ballard’s library also contained The Black Box (1984) edited by Malcolm MacPherson. The book is a collection of transcripts taken from the Flight Data Recorders of aeroplanes involved in “air … Continue reading

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Technological Object: Printed Circuit Board

Near the beginning of Thomas Pynchon’s paranoid glimpse of Cold War connectedness, The Crying of Lot 49, Oedipa Maas finds herself at the top of a slope overlooking the Southern California exurb of San Narciso. As she squints through her … Continue reading

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Technological Object: Pylon

Electric fences line our new freeway Here in the half-light, the motorhomes leave Knee-deep in water under a pylon How slow my heartbeat How thin the air I’m breathing in Thomas Dolby, ‘Airwaves’ From the moment of their first extension … Continue reading

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