By Jan Baetens
Today, objects are no longer made to last: their vital (sic) mode of existence is that of obsolescence, for throwing away and replacing all that exists is what makes the world and the economy make go round. At the same time, vintage, nostalgia, recycling are everywhere, and no less present than amnesia, even within digital culture (which would be nothing without skeuomorphs, i.e. derivative objects that retain ornamental design cues from structures that were necessary in the original).
All details can be found here and admission is free. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear about the hidden connections between hockey (collectors) cards and houseboats, aquariums and zeppelins, audio- and videocassettes and mooks (and why not also moocs, today’s hype, tomorrow’s nostalgia item).
Back to the future! Be there!