Lorena Arroyo Arroyo itibaren Selenli Köyü, 25840 Selenli Köyü/Karayazı/Erzurum, Türkiye
It was not everything I had hoped for. But it was very good. He covers a really broad range of theoretical, philosophical, and cultural references. It reminds me of Jon MacKenzie's "Perform or Else" in both that range of sources and the lack of coherent synthesis. I like the artists he mentions as touch-stones (Rauschenberg, for instance), and I really liked his inclusion of advertising materials for goods + services (such as paper shredders or cautioning about identity theft) as objects of study but it didn't really come together for me in the end. I wished he had put together something more compelling, disturbing, dislocating for me as a contemporary, garbage producing american. On a positive note, this book feels like a book-length expansion of a PhD Dissertation, and I think that is kind of neat. I certainly will come back to it to chase down his references. I'm still searching for theories of abject materiality.