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Machine Art in the Twentieth Century$
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Andreas Broeckmann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035064

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035064.001.0001

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Epilogue: Fantasies of Destruction

Epilogue: Fantasies of Destruction

(p.255) Epilogue: Fantasies of Destruction
Machine Art in the Twentieth Century

Andreas Broeckmann

The MIT Press

The short epilogue of this book on machine art revisits some of the key themes of the book by introducing the accident as a notion that features not only in critical discourses on technology like that of French theoretician Paul Virilio, but also in a variety of artistic practices. Gustav Metzger’s concept of “auto-destructive art” marks a prominent example of the critical stance that artists have taken against the imagined, destructive and anti-human power of technology. The author reflects on the question why Metzger’s promise of a “machine art” that would articulate auto-destructive and auto-creative art, remained unfulfilled. By way of conclusion, it speculates whether the experimental machine artworks by Austrian artist Herwig Weiser provide this articulation by questioning the very logic of technics and by inventing alternative techno-logics for the materials and concepts of a contemporary technoculture.

Keywords:   accident, Gustav Metzger, auto-destructive art, auto-creative art, machine art, Herwig Weiser, Paul Virilio

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