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by Mark Richards
Moore’s law runs the computer industry and has begun to determine the pace of human life as well. As the pace quickens, we rush to embrace the future as much as we race to discard the past. The technology I’ve photographed shows just the beginning of the computer and Internet age. Generations of computer design and beauty have been lost, undocumented, and as time continues, many more generations of this hidden art will continue to be lost. I am trying to preserve and make known at least a small part of it.
In a world run by so many machines I want to show the art, history, and humanity in this technology. In the photographs, a visual parallel between the wires delivering energy to a mechanical memory and the neural pathways of human anatomy becomes apparent. The pieces of machines are re-framed as something more than cold technology; I hope I can provide emotion, unexpected beauty and history.
Sixteenth in an occasional series.
Joshua Glenn is an editor, publisher, and a freelance writer and semiologist. He does business as KING MIXER, LLC.
He's cofounder of the websites HiLobrow
, Significant Objects
, and Semionaut
; and cofounder of HiLoBooks
, which will reissue six Radium Age sci fi novels in 2012. In 2011, he produced and co-designed the iPhone app KER-PUNCH
. He's coauthored and co-edited Taking Things Seriously
, The Idler's Glossary
, The Wage Slave's Glossary
, the story collection Significant Objects
(forthcoming from Fantagraphics), and Unbored, a kids' field guide to life forthcoming from Bloomsbury.
In the '00s, Glenn was an associate editor and columnist at the Boston Globe's IDEAS section
; he also started the IDEAS blog Brainiac
. He has written for Slate
, The Baffler
, and The Idler
In the '90s, Glenn published the seminal intellectual zine Hermenaut
; served as editorial director and co-producer of the pioneering DIY and online social networking website Tripod.com; and was an editor at the magazine Utne Reader
Glenn manages the Hermenautic Circle
, a secretive online community. He was born and raised in Boston, where he lives with his wife and sons. Click here for more info