Tuesday, February 17, 2009

wiki: Dematerialization

In economics, dematerialization refers to the absolute or relative reduction in the quantity of materials required to serve economic functions in society. In common terms, dematerialization means doing more with less. This concept is similar to ephemeralization as proposed by Buckminster Fuller.

Dematerialization is the counterargument to the idea that economics is only about 'more is better.' The idea that more is better, a common activist argument which likens economic logic to the logic of a cancer cell, ignores the differences between inputs and outputs, and it ignores the ratio of inputs to outputs.

The Spiral Theory

There is a theory by Luke Golemon that states that each civilization is like a giant spiral, in which it starts on the outside and curves ever inward until collapsing. this theory is new and not well known however.

Dematerialization of the Art Object

In "Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object" Lucy Lippard characterizes the period of 1966 to 1972 as one in which the art object was dematerialised through the new artistic practices of conceptual art .

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