13 Sep 2011 /

activate only when absolutely necessary

By Ken Hollings

This essay by Ken Hollings was published in the catalogue for Mika Taanila’s exhibition Human Engineering at Migrosmuseum, Zurich, Apri 2005.

Ken Hollings is a writer based in London. He is the author of the books Destroy All Monsters (Marion Boyars) and Welcome to Mars (Strange Attractor Press); and his work has appeared in a wide range of journals, reviews and anthologies. He has written and presented critically acclaimed programmes for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, NPS in Holland, ABC Australia and Resonance FM and has given talks and lectures at the Royal Institution, the British Library, the ICA, Central St Martins, the École de Recherche Graphique in Brussels and the Berlin Akademie der Künste. For more information, please go here 

"When you get right down to it, the future is just people laughing together in a room. From Monsanto’s House of the Future, opened to the public in Disneyland the same year the Soviet Union launched the first Sputnik, to the carefully regulated data streams of the Microsoft Home, modelled on Bill Gates’ own Seattle mansion, that’s the image most often projected onto tomorrow, even when we aren’t allowed to share..."

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