Purposeful Ephemera: The Implications of Self-Destructing Technology for the Future Practice of Archaeology
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This chapter is presented from the perspective of a professional archaeologist who specializes in Greek archaeology, intercultural contact and exchange, and the ethics of cultural heritage. His chapter investigates the mandates for discard and “design for demise” of space objects in the wider context of cultural phenomena from all cultures. The chapter finds comparanda for purposeful ephemera in examples from the media of performance, architecture, and visual art.
archaeology, future, preservation, conservation, space vessels, space ships, satellites, ephemera
Modern Art and Architecture | Space Vehicles
Walsh, Justin. "Purposeful ephemera: The implications of self-destructing technology for the future practice of archaeology." In Archaeology and Heritage of the Human Movement into Space, edited by B. O’Leary & P. Capelotti, 75-90. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Verlag, 2014. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-07866-3_6