I've begun an Amazon list of books that seem awesome and related to the question I have got brewing. While I am sure it will get a lot longer, two in particular jump out at me:
- The Whitechapel Documents of Art series volume on Memory. I have found the Systems volume from the same series to be super helpful in understanding systems arts history and projects (and I expect to continue using it in my research), so a memory-focused work should also be excellent.
- Jaron Lanier's You Are Not a Gadget, a reaction to current technological teleology.
- An overview / introduction to material culture: possibly Material Culture, Material Minds or What Objets Mean.
Overall, I am thinking that overview books to begin will be preferable and then I can follow paths into more specific works. I don't expect to have a single line of inquiry, since I tend to (and like to!) be a synthetic thinker, but I am concentrating now on the few vectors I have mentioned in these last weeks: digital technological history, experiential art movements, the nature of memory, and our relationships with objects, both in the future-ology intelligent objects sense and in the material culture sense, because I can't imagine how to sift through claims about the future without understanding the claims we make about the past.
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