Dead technology

We’ve been trying for nearly three months to get the Reprographics section of Goldsmiths to remove a huge outmoded (and non-functioning) Xerox machine from the middle of our main office in CCS. Literally dozens of emails, visits, imploring calls and no joy. Today we arc up the campaign by sending them this letter:

Dear Reprographics:

Infidels. This is a Ransom Note.

We have your polluting bourgeois heathen capitalist running dog of a photocopier and will torture it mercilessly unless you arrange an immediate hostage exchange.

We attach a recent photograph as proof this infidel is in our possession. If you ever want to see it again, act quickly. We start cutting off its parts at sunrise.

– the CCS office space liberation committee (M-L – 17th September faction).

[Never let it be said that we concern ourselves with trivia. But I mean, for the love of Xog]


About john hutnyk

Writer on culture, cities, diaspora, history, film, prisons, colonialism, education, Marxism. Studied and taught in Australia at Deakin and Melbourne Universities; and in the UK in Manchester University’s Institute for Creative and Cultural Research; before moving to Goldsmiths in 1998, and becoming Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies in 2004-2014. Has held visiting researcher posts in Germany at the South Asia Institute and Institute fur Ethnologie at Heidelberg University, and Visiting Professor posts in InterCultural Studies at Nagoya City University Japan, Zeppelin University and Hamburg University, Germany, Sociology at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey and at the Graduate institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Immediate past adjunct Professor of RMIT University, Melbourne and GIAN Visiting Professor Jadavpur Uni Kolkata.
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6 Responses to Dead technology

  1. Mr Teare says:

    I thought the old copier was a kind of detournement – impractical, avant garde furniture. Its a good spot to put your coffee and fill out forms.

  2. john hutnyk says:

    no, its the last vestige of brutalist design. it must be sent to the knackers yard.

  3. Agripiniux says:

    It is with much fear of the wrath of Xog that I confess to using the old Xerox™ as a coffeetable (much in the same way that Mr. Teare describes)…however, I must let go of my hedonist ways and accept the fact that the room has no place to rest your mug of tea—therefore, I join the September faction in calling for the destruction (and/or removal) or the polluting, bourgeois, brutalist, heathen object…Repro must pay!!!!

  4. Paco Vestimenta says:

    At last, someone is taking action against the preposterous crime of turning CCS into a Tech Cemetery. Next thing we know Arrabal will be setting a play about academic decay and the McDonaldization of higher education in the shabby quarters of 36 Laurie Grove.
    All the power to the September Faction!
    Photocopy Machine out now or else….
    The Clock is ticking, Repro…

  5. zoltan says:

    tomorrow we will hack the college server and replace the college logo with pictures of our beloved ex-copier. may its immortal memory live on, but not in our office!

  6. zoltan says:

    or maybe we will pickle it in cheap tavern chardonnay, put it inside a large glass tank, and sell it at christies for a million quid –

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