Text size
  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Standard
  • Blue text on blue
  • High contrast (Yellow text on black)
  • Blue text on beige

    The Machine as Myth

    EVA Copenhagen 2018 - Politics of the Machines - Art and After

    Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 15 - 17 May 2018


    Andreas Broeckmann



    The essay argues that the notion of the machine should be understood as a mythological concept that is used to frame the cultural understanding of technics in the modern era. The author outlines the diversity of understandings of the term "machine" and shows how the same narrative core underwrites virually all modern references to the machine: a human-made technical system that increasingly gains autonomy and becomes an existential, though non-lethal threat for humans. The text proposes to investigate works of twentieth-century "machine art" in order to arrive at alternative readings of the relationship between humans and technics.


    PDF Icon PDF Version of this Paper 312(kb)