“technological rationality reveals its political character as it becomes the great vehicle of better domination,creating a truely totalitarian universe in which society and nature, mind and body are kept in a state of permanent mobilization for the defense of this universe.”(marcuse, 1964)
The concept of democratic societies and intellectual discourse is eroding and is being replaced by the motives and permutations of a pervasive spirit contouring not only the making of culture but also the standardization of work, education, thought, and action—a condition that Bernard Stiegler calls ‘automatic society’. This mutable ubiquity, permissible by our captivity with the technological, is a subject of immediate relevance and importance. Our indivisible configuration with the technological is transforming the way we understand ourselves and our place in the world. Recognizing the embedded inertia, (infra)structures, satisfiers, and material conditions of things compels one to reflect on the integration, interdependence, and dynamism of our relationship with it—a phenomenon that inflects our everyday and shapes our contemporary human experience. Trevor Embury’s research and body of work facilitate investigations into the political project of design and its entanglement within a techno-social system. Specifically, how design, as a mode of organization, serves to construct and reinforce forms of power and control through strategic mechanisms of aesthetics, language, and participation in the broader context of how the political is entangled with the material and how the technological, as a mode of revealing, intersects, unlocks, instrumentalizes, produces, circulates, and sustains these transactions. His work aims to problematize, speculate, and visualize notions of aesthetics, agency, mediation, instrumentalism, participation, and knowledge in an effort to reflect on and evaluate how these relationships affect social structures, ecological systems, and ultimately, the human condition—we in the essence of technology. His work includes printed matter, writing, photography, video, and site-specific installations and should be regarded as a means rather than an end, providing new perspectives on reified status, and whereby design may be recognized as a form of critical inquiry.
His practice is situated within the domain of inquiry-led creation—connecting artistic and academic discourse through scholarly examination, visual experimentation, and critical reflection. His methods and perspectives engage critical discourse in fields ranging from cultural studies to ecological thinking rendered through the lens of graphic design.