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Actroid DER2

An android woman developed by the Japanese, who understands speech and will answer questions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actroid

 

This photo is Figure 1 in "Touching from a Distance: Alienation, Abjection, Estrangement and Distance," Norwegian Archeological Review, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2011. Here's the abstract - I don't know what it means either.

 

"The archaeology of the contemporary past involves making the familiar unfamiliar, interrogating the overlooked or infra-ordinary. While this is often conceptualized in terms of a methodology of distancing or alienation, this paper argues that, on the contrary, estrangement from the everyday requires a close engagement, a transgression of boundaries (however, in the process we should avoid replacing one normalizing discourse with another); that, once the mysterious is found in the quotidian, it is necessary to cultivate it. There are reasons to hope that the materiality of things can help us achieve this."

    

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Taken on February 9, 2008