Vv. Aa.

Towards the Realm of Materiality


Philip K. Dick, one of the most prolific and visionary authors of the 20th century, crafted compelling visions of possible futures and dystopian realities teeming with humans, artificial intelligences, and more. Yet, the Dickian universe is more than just its characters—it’s a realm intricately built with technological devices, machines, and objects entirely conceived by this brilliant mind. How did Philip K. Dick envision these technologies, and through them, the future? And now, decades after his time, how should we perceive and interpret these tools? More intriguingly, how can we decode and reconstruct the creative process that led to the creation and “materialization” of these devices? Grounded in a multidisciplinary framework, this volume explores alternative designs and projects for some of the non-existing technologies described in Philip K. Dick’s oeuvre.

Essays by: German A. Duarte, Andrea Facchetti, Domenico Gallo, Christophe Gelly, Salvatore Iaconesi & Oriana Persico, James Langdon, Matthew Lee-Smith, Amélie Lemieux, Naomi Mandel, Tobias Revell and Seçil Uğur Yavuz.

Projects by: Lucia Rose Buffa, Maria Calzolari, Roberta Faust, Eleonora Lunardoni, Luisa Pisetta Ravanelli and Josefina Sundblad.

This volume is the result of a research project funded by the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

  • 11 x 17 cm
  • 336
  • EN
  • 2024
  • 978-88-8056-261-0