Technological Correctness

In keeping with the trend in contemporary  culture that art critic Lorne Falk calls “Technologically Correct” (TC), considerable resources are being allocated to revive the
battered archetypes of the “pioneer” and “originality.” Associated with this revival, the militaristic “avant-garde” metaphor, with its emphasis on conquest and progress, reappears with an obnoxious nostalgic undertone, as does the humanist logic of re-birth and universality …

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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Elizabeth Renzetti at the Globe and Mail:

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is in Trafalgar Square, cursing the skies. Not literally, you understand: The Mexican-Canadian artist is too jovial and unflappable for that. But he’d like a bit of co-operation on the precipitation front, as he’s trying to install his giant interactive light show, Under Scan, in one of the world’s most famous public squares.

“Man, do you think we could get some Mexican weather for a while,” he asks, turning his Buddy Holly glasses to the sky, which remains a steadfast shade of London drab. It’s just stopped raining after pouring for two days, and it’s put his team of engineers behind schedule.

Under Scan essentially involves passersby triggering, and interacting with videos of people that will be projected on the square’s pavement.

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