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Ogg: Re: N O M A D I S M O – an email conversation

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Published on 20.10.2014

(E.d.) This article is a mail chat and should be read backwards starting with the last entry* —-Messaggio originale—- Da: Data: 14-ott-2014 16.48 A: <> Ogg: Re: N O M A D I S M O (…) Yes, we could start from here. —-Messaggio originale—- Da: Data: 13-ott-2014 15.01 A: <> Ogg: R: Re:… Read more

Are we nomads?

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Published on 14.10.2014

For a long time now it has been commonly accepted that the nation-state is in crisis. The barriers remain, as does the movement, which has always existed. Today, movement (physical, cultural and cognitive) is more real than ever and the barriers are symbols. Both physical transfers and transmissions of messages have become easier and faster…. Read more

The Archivist and the Explorer

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Published on 7.10.2014

Aby Warburg and Walter Benjamin are two highly anomalous figures within the European cultural landscape of the early twentieth century. It is precisely because of their anomaly that their thinking and works have proved so fruitful and full of meaning, anticipating contemporary practices and methodologies. Today, their critical attitude and research methodology offer interesting points… Read more

What is left of professions? What is left of the product?

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Published on 6.10.2014

“And, culturally speaking, it seemed there was a market place embracing the experiments of young thinkers and makers who, simply, couldn’t wait until their 40s to become independent and do their own thing. At this point, being an amateur was not an impediment to setting forth and practising what you were never trained to do…. Read more

I am, I like

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Published on 3.10.2014

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting at a bar in my neighbourhood just passing away the time. It was one of those days when everything seems unclear: what am I supposed to do and where to begin? So I thought that the most sane thing to do was doing nothing at all. Then… Read more

Does the consumer really know what he wants?

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Published on 27.9.2014

This week we will talk about the consumer and his role in the production process. Perhaps as consumers we are becoming excessively aware of what we want and, frequently, products are made exactly like we expect them to be. What happened to surprise, discovery and hunting for something? Before our role as consumers, we are… Read more

Objects are over: Making in the 21st century

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Published on 22.9.2014

Welcome to the 21st century. We recently exited a century where objects were ideological— we believed that images of life under capitalism and liberal democracy would be enticing enough to bring down opposing economies. Now we talk about the “supreme object of ideology”, an object that is not really an object, or may be proclaimed… Read more

How can we define our age?

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Published on 21.9.2014

Today concepts like “epoch” and “zeitgeist” seem to have become totally obsolete. The reason for this could be that we are not interested in those concepts anymore, but we remain unable to think about reality in a new way.