Machines of Desire – Publication

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– A documentation of the “Recycling Yantra” project as well as a an exploration of desire in electronic consumer culture –

212 pages, hard cover, all texts in English and German, color images, 170 x 240mm

Edited by Raphael Perret 2014, New Delhi / Zurich
With contributions from: Ravi Agarwal, Simon Berkler, Isabella Bozsa, Bharati Chaturvedi, Madhu Khanna, Olaf Knellessen, Frank J. Korom, Daniel Morgenthaler, Francis Müller, Raphael Rogenmoser

Designed by Bureau vue, Claudia Wildermuth
Amsel Verlag, Zurich, ISBN 978-3-9523960-7-0
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Raphael Rogenmoser – Preface
Raphael Perret – Introduction
Ravi Agarwal – Ecological Contestations – Hi-Tech Waste a Case Study from India
Olaf Knellessen – The Cycle of Waste
Madhu Khanna – The Smara Hara Yantra in a Contemporary Context
Simon Berkler – Needs in Marketing: How Much Desire Does the Industry Need?
Frank J. Korom – Unravelling a Narrative Scroll About Modernity and its Discontents
Francis Müller – Technological Artefacts as Objects of Desire
Bharati Chaturvedi – When Workers Become Unnamed Machines and Machines Become Undocumented Trash
Isabella Bozsa – Desire as Klésa in the Teachings of Buddhism
Daniel Morgenthaler – Big Brother on the Couch

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