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Erasure: The Spectre of Cultural Memory brings together artists, curators, scholars, and thinkers to explore key issues around the increasing aesthetic and cultural erasure occurring in our society. It moves from the seminal act of the American Pop artist Robert Rauschenberg erasing a drawing by the painter Willem de Kooning in 1953, perhaps signaling that an echo or trace would be all that is valued in the future, to the impact that the new technologies—such as Twitter, Facebook, email, smartphones, snapchat, and Instagram—are having on family, class, sex, time, speed, and space.
Brad Buckley is an artist, activist, and urbanist, and a professor of contemporary art and culture at the Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney. John Conomos is an artist, critic, and writer, and an associate professor at the Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney. They are the editors of Ecologies of Invention; Republics of Ideas: Republicanism, Culture, Visual Arts; and Rethinking the Contemporary Art School: The Artist, the PhD, and the Academy.
“So much information kept, so much forgotten, so much downloaded, so much sent to trash, will this be the lost century? . . . This much anticipated book brings together leading thinkers, artists and scholars from across a wide spectrum of thought to present this urgent matter to us. It is disturbing and optimistic at the same time, reminding us of the power of art and culture to be the clarion call and to empower us to advance but to understand better how to treat the past, in the present, in ways that prepares for the future.” —Professor Su Baker, director, Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne