LAST YEAR, sales of vinyl records reached a twenty-five-year highup 53 percent from 2015and sales of e-books fell for the second year running, with their print counterparts gaining in popularity. Startling as these developments may seem, neither should come as a surprise to those who have watched obsolete technologies make their way into the gallery in recent years. In the midst of the second machine agean era of relentless digitization and automationwe have become obsessed with reasserting the value of tactile encounters that stand obstinately outside networks of electronic circulation. We search for auratic, “authentic” experiences marked by historicity and provenance, able to supply an organic warmth missing from the cold inhumanity of the digital and inject a charge of contingency into the monotonous regularity of ones and zeroes.
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