Technology sometimes falls short

This issue is a collection of stories about new technologies, about optimism, and about limits. A technological advantage that allows humans to travel to space, to build higher, longer, faster, or to bridge one condition or another may not always have the outcome that we really hoped for. And some technologies reshape our ways of thinking and living to such an extent that they themselves become platforms for new speculation.

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Speed Reading


An afternoon reading marathon in which participants walked, jogged, or ran on a treadmill while reading aloud a text addressing the notion of speed. Reader-runners shared their preferred fast or slow manifesto, philosophical treatise, timetable, literary excerpt, slow-food recipe, biological notation, or space-time continuum in readings of 1 second to 4 minutes.

Reading list

Adams, Henry. The Education of Henry Adams. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Adler, Renata. Speedboat. New York: Random House, 1971.

Agee, James. “The American roadside,” Fortune Magazine, September 1934.

Ballard, J. G. “The Assassination of JFK Considered as a Downhill Motor Race”

Baxter, Charles. “On Slowness,” Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1997.

Cage, John. Indeterminacy: new aspect of form in instrumental and electronic music, 1992.

Carroll, Lewis. Through the Looking Glass. 1871.

Crawford, Stanley. Travel Notes. London: John Cape,1967.

De Quincey, Thomas. “The English mail coach.” Boston: Shepard and Gill, 1873.

Duchamp, Marcel. “The Creative Act,” Convention of the American Federation of Arts in Houston, Texas, 1957.

Dunne, John W. An Experiment with Time. London: Faber & Faber, 1927.

Einstein, Albert. Relativity, the special & general theory: a popular exposition. London: Methuen, 1920.

Freud, Sigmund. “On Transience,” Standard Edition, 14, 305–307. New York: Norton, 1915.

Greene, Brian. The elegant universe: Superstrings, hidden dimensions, and the quest for the ultimate theory. New York: Vintage, 2000.

Heiner Müller. Der Auftrag, 1980.

Hodell, Åke. Poesins position. Enkät II. 1963.

James, Gleick. Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything. London: Abacus, 1999.

Jarry, Alfred. “The Crucifixion Considered As An Uphill Bicycle Race”

Joyce, James. Ulysses. Paris: M. Darantière, 1922.

Kern, Stephen. The culture of time and space, 1880-1918: with a new preface. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. New York: Viking Press, 1957.

Krabbe, Tim. The rider. A cycling classic. New York: Bloomsbury, 2002.

Krishnamurti, Jiddu. La flamme de l’attention, trans. Jean-Michel Plasait. Paris : Éditions Points, 2016.

Kundera, Milan. Slowness: A Novel. New York: Harper Collins, 1997.

Landa, Manuel de. War in the age of intelligent machines. New York: Zone Books, 1991.

Mann, Thomas. The magic mountain. New York: Modern Library, 1924.

Mathews, Harry. The Conversions. Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1997.

Milan Kundera. La lenteur. Paris : Gallimard, 1995.

Milton, John. Paradise Lost. 1667.

O’Brien, Flann. The Third Policeman. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1967.

Proust, Marcel. À la recherche du temps perdu. 7 vol. Paris: Gallimard, 1913-1927.

Samuel Beckett. “From An Abandoned Work,” Collected Shorter Prose 1945-1980. London: John Calder, 1984.

Seidel, Frederick. Going Fast. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998.

Solnit, Rebecca. River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the technological wild west. New York: Penguin, 2004.

Stein, Gertrude. The Making of Americans. Paris: Contact Press, 1925.

Studeny, Christophe. L’invention de la vitesse, France, XVe-XXe siècle. Paris: Bibliothèque des histoires, 1995.

Sturgeon, Theodore. Microcosmic God: Volume II: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon. North Atlantic Books, 2013.

Talking Heads. “Drugs” from the album Fear of Music, 1979.

Virilio, Paul, and Mark Polizzotti. Speed and Politics: An Essay on Dromology. Los Angeles, Calif: Semiotext(e), 2006.

William S. Burroughs Jr. Speed. Paris: Olympia Press, 1970.

Wood, Evelyn. Dynamic Learning. Niles, IL: Nightingale Conant, 1992.

Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. London: Hogarth Press, 1930.

Speed Reading is a collaboration with Sina Najafi, Cabinet magazine editor and CCA Visiting Scholar, to celebrate the Speed limits exhibition and catalogue.


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