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View of “Mark Leckey: The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things,” 2013. Photo: Andy Keate.

Mark Leckey

The Bluecoat

View of “Mark Leckey: The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things,” 2013. Photo: Andy Keate.

WE DON'T NEED GOOGLE GLASS to remind us that Max Weber’s diagnosis of the modern age as charcterized by the “disenchantment of the world” no longer holds true. One refreshing feature of the show recently curated at Bluecoat by artist Mark Leckey was his attention, precisely, to enchantment: to a dialectical understanding of the Enlightenment’s legacy, which allowed him to relate technological advances to older lineages of emotion and desire, rationality to irrationality. As Leckey says in the wall text at the exhibition’s entrance, “As it seems to me, the further technology evolves the more our minds devolve back to the imaginings of our superstitious past. Call it an animistic future or techno-atavism.” This is not Vorsprung but Rücksprung durch Technik, using technology to look back rather than relentlessly move forward.

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