La pieza huérfana. Relatos de la paleotecnología

Author: Víctor del Río
ISBN: 978-84-16205-10-3
Product features: Weight: 165g,
Dimensions: 0 x 136 x 200 mm
, 164 Pages
Edition: 2015
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA
Type: Libro
Language: Spanish
Design: Maite Zabaleta

La pieza huérfana (The orphan piece) contains a series of essays that taken together follow a hypothesis: that technology is not only the product of scientific research but is also a particular kind of anthropological fiction. Biographical and creative avatars are reconstructed here corresponding to a rich variety of characters including Charles Babbage, Stanislaw Lem, Ada Lovelace, Mary Shelley, Nikola Tesla, Alan Turing, Andrés Vesalio and many others whose lives constitute a mythology that straddles History and novelistic or cinematographic fiction. What these tales and the figures that people them have in common is that they track the fiction that underlies all inventions, the search for a creative core of technique. For this purpose it seems necessary for us to refocus on history again and reconstruct the founding moments for what we understand to be technology. So this book might be seen as an attempt at steampunk philosophy, as an exercise of retro-futurism, or indeed as notes for a new discipline that we could term as paleo-technology; all these planes converge at the point where art and invention lie.

In addition to archive photographs and diagrams by artists and inventors, this book contains reproductions of four works by Lorena Amorós Blasco, graphite drawings on paper, loaned by the artist for this edition.

Víctor del Río. PhD in Philosophy and Professor of Contemporary Art Theory and History at the University of Salamanca, Spain. He forms part of the ‘Master of Advanced Studies in Philosophy’ Staff at the University of Salamanca. Main lines of research include the links between documentary, literature, artistic praxis and mass communication from an aesthetic and political nucleus approach, and one within media representation systems. Del Rio has published the following books: Photography-Object. The Surpassing of the Documentary Aesthetics, Salamanca (2008), Factography. Avantgarde and Mass Communication, Madrid (2010) and The Hidden Querelle., Santander (2012). He has also edited various collective works. Del Rio is a regular contributor to contemporary culture specialized journals in which he has published numerous studies and papers on aesthetics and contemporary art theory. He has also managed projects for museums and academic institutions on research in the arts and humanities and integrated management teams in several of them.