Offers an introduction to the notion of Asia-as-technê, which is defined as a desire to embrace “Eastern” aesthetics as a means of redeeming “Western” technoculture. The example of David Hockney's “polaroid solution” to the dilemmas of Western mechanical art is introduced and charted through his attention to Eastern aesthetics. Heidegger's definition of “technê” is described as an impulse more complex than traditional antimodernism and is introduced as an underlying impulse within Western dissatisfaction with technological being. Finally, many of the machine anxieties present at the 1893 World's Fair are introduced as a way of introducing the chapters that follow.
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