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Darsha Hewitt

Soziale Sollbruchstellen: Re-imagining German Democratic Republic Technology in the Age of Planned Obsolescence

Can deconstructing socialist era media technology and connecting it to present day digital culture offer alternative readings of our critical entanglement with technology?This research proposes to develop media-based artwork and a text that centres on the study of technology manufactured and lived with during the former German Democratic Republic (GDR).

What kind of patterns and juxtapositions immerge when domestic electronics and the commonplace attitudes, cultural practices and techniques that surrounded technology from this historically significant socialist period inhabit the digital realms capitalist culture? Darsha Hewitt (b. 1982) is a Canadian new media artist known for her examinations of communication technology in the domestic sphere and her use of DIY aesthetics and practices as an artistic method.

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