Tomislav Medak: Shit Tech for a Shitty World
Series edited by Janez Janša
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The philosopher Tomislav Medak takes the works and the research of Sašo Sedlaček as a vantage point from which to consider how forms of social domination structure technological development in the present and how the present technological configuration is functional for the reproduction of those forms of social domination.
Sedlaček’s works show the advancement of technology as a source of waste. They also deploy methods of re-purposing the technologies that grow in the shadows of capitalist technoscience – obsolete hardware, free software, alternative technology design and indigenous techniques. The marginal status of such alternative technologies speaks to the fact that technologies cannot in themselves lead to the overcoming of exploitation of workers and spoliation of planetary ecosystems. The post-capitalist transition will require a tide of political mobilisation, but social movements have to understand that a reconfiguration of technology should be part of their strategy.
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