Technology has in general been seen as opposed to humanity: its object, even its enemy. The Grundrisse suggests, however, that technology can be understood as the actualized form of accumulated social knowledge. This actual form can then be understood from the standpoint of a dialectic in which the actual is capable of action only if it can convert its actuality into virtuality, that is to free itself for a future other than its actual present. Critical to this political project is work at the aesthetic level of media and communications technologies.
Virtual Dialectics and Technological Aesthetics
SEAN CUBITT IS PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF THE PROGRAM IN MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE. HIS MOST RECENT BOOKS INCLUDE THE CINEMA EFFECT AND ECOMEDIA. HE IS EDITOR OF THE LEONARDO BOOK SERIES FOR MIT PRESS, AND A MEMBER OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF CULTURAL POLITICS.