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Özgün Eylül İşcen

Black Box Allegories of Gulf Futurism

The Irreducible Other of Computational Capital
Given the prospect of post-oil futures, this chapter historically situates contemporary Gulf Futurism within cybernetic and logistical aspirations underlying the current global trend of the smartness mandate. Working through the complex visuality that the cybernetic black box animates, the chapter revisits Fredric Jameson’s cognitive mapping as an allegorical model for the inherent frictions of computational capital. To this end, it discusses Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri’s artistic practice that reclaims a right to speculate while condensing material reality and imaginative threads, thereby going beyond a mere gesture of unveiling or mapping.
Title
Black Box Allegories of Gulf Futurism
Subtitle
The Irreducible Other of Computational Capital
Author(s)
Özgün Eylül İşcen
Identifier
Description
Given the prospect of post-oil futures, this chapter historically situates contemporary Gulf Futurism within cybernetic and logistical aspirations underlying the current global trend of the smartness mandate. Working through the complex visuality that the cybernetic black box animates, the chapter revisits Fredric Jameson’s cognitive mapping as an allegorical model for the inherent frictions of computational capital. To this end, it discusses Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri’s artistic practice that reclaims a right to speculate while condensing material reality and imaginative threads, thereby going beyond a mere gesture of unveiling or mapping.
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Place
Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
October 11, 2022
Subject
Gulf Futurism
Smartness Mandate
Ubiquitous computing
Post-oil Futures
Black box
Cybernetics
Logistics
Cognitive Mapping
Rights
© by the author(s)
Except for images or otherwise noted, this publication is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Language
en-GB
short title
Black Box Allegories
page start
91
page end
115
Source
The Case for Reduction, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Jakob Schillinger, Cultural Inquiry, 25 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022), pp. 91–115

Publication scheduled for 11 October 2022