• Savage Mind/Savage Machine: Design Technics and the Making of Magical Thought
    Ginger Nolan
    University of Minnesota Press, 2020
    Ginger Nolan

Anonymous, electronic circuitry and jungle vines in "AGORA," 1:7 (January–March, 1982).

Situated at the intersections of design history, media theory, and race studies, this book traces how constructions of race have been formulated through spatial and technological practices. Wishing to identify cognitive mechanisms capable of linking designed things to larger systems of signification, designers drew from anthropological and psychological accounts of the unconscious, using these as the basis for new “grammars” of design, tending toward the eventual development of computer-aided design. Uncovering an explicit link between the “primitive” and techno-aesthetics, this book examines how racial constructs within modernist design discourse were linked to the twentieth century’s expansion of intellectual property in technologically reproducible design.

Ginger Nolan is assistant professor of architectural history and theory at the University of Southern California. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 2015, and subsequently held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Basel's department of Urban Studies. She has published articles in various journals including Grey Room, The Journal of Architecture, Architectural Theory Review, Perspecta, and Log. She published the short book The Neocolonialism of the Global Village (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). Nolan is the recipient of the 2013 Carter Manny Award for doctoral dissertation writing from the Graham Foundation.