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Container Love, and Fear

The universal standardization of materials, sizes and processes have enabled the technosphere to scale to its present scope, building intermodal infrastructures, logistics and protocols that contour the globe. Journalist and cultural scientist Alexander Klose portends how the blackboxing of global goods and data also opened up a Pandora's box of psychic fears and anxieties.

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Alexander Klose


Dr. Alexander Klose studied History, Law, Philosophy, Art, and Cultural Studies. From 2005-07 he held a scholarship at Bauhaus Universität Weimar for his PhD project on standardized containers used in transport as one of the leading material media in the 20th century. Between 2009 and 2014 he worked as a research associate and programme developer at Kulturstiftung des Bundes. In 2015 in the forefront of COP 21, he co-curated Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18 – On Becoming Earthlings: 150 dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the Human at Musée de l'Homme, Paris. His latest publication is: The Container Principle. How a box changes the way we think (2015).