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Max De Esteban Barcelona, Spain

Proposition Three: Touch me not
Project info

Men become accustomed to listening to machines and talking to machines…no more face to face encounters, no more dialogue. In a perpetual monologue by which he escapes the anguish of silence and the inconvenience of neighbors, man finds refuge in the lap of technique, which envelops him in solitude and at the same time reassures him with all its hoaxes.

Jacques Ellul. 1954

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For the first time ever machines mediate human relationships and emotions. The digital/microelectronics is bridging the distance between the subject and the object, incorporating the machine into our body and our unconscious.

Depicting technological objects that are pervasive in our daily lives, this series takes a new look at them by breaking away from the servitudes of monocular perspective and manufacturers’ intentions. The images uncover the consciously symbolic, sleek, colorful exterior design in contrast with the grotesque, dirty, inscrutable interior. Their external beauty hides unknown mechanisms of surveillance and control; their inside reveals experiences of suffering and exploitation.