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RARE EARTH. Ed. by Boris Ondreicka and Nadim Samman. Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary-Augarten, Vienna, 2016. Published in association with Sternberg Press, Berlin. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 272 pp. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9783956791444 In English.
Publisher's description: Rare earth elements are the game-changing foundation of our most powerful innovations -- mobile phones, iPods and iPads, liquid crystal displays, LEDs, light bulbs, CDs and DVDs. Often described as conflict materials due to the limited number of accessible mines, they are also integral to cyber-warfare weapon systems, medical technologies, hybrid vehicles, wind turbines, and green energy applications. Consequently, rare earth elements play an increasing role in global affairs and facilitate our changing self-image. Capturing some of today's emergent myths and identities, the well-designed exhibition catalog brings together 17 "elements" -- work by 10 artists and 7 theorists including artists Camille Henrot, The Otolith Group, Ai Weiwei, sociologist and design theorist Benjamin H. Bratton, Finnish new media theorist Jussi Parikka and political theorist Jane Bennett, among others. An attempt to define the spirit of an age, Rare Earth explores how today's myths, identities, and cosmologies relate to current technology while challenging the rhetoric of immateriality.
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Worldwide Number: 175373
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