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The Buddha in the MachineArt, Technology, and the Meeting of East and West$
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R. John Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194470

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194470.001.0001

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(p.1) 1. Asia-as-Technê
The Buddha in the Machine

R. John Williams

Yale University Press

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.

Keywords:   Technology and art, Hockney, machine culture, Orientalism, Heidegger, Dreyfus, 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Columbian Exposition

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