is quite a things-y piece, positing that there is a certain disregard for the object in American culture, an obsession with meaning, rather than ‘thing-ness’. Hinged around the premise that Americans have ceased to have a meaningful relationship with their cars - after half a century of unrequited love - and that despite rising car sales, the role of the automobile as ultimate symbol is on the wane. The car is no longer the sole representation of freedom (and in a world of car bombs, foreign oil dependency and van-based snipers, targeting the motorist in and around their natural habitats, is this surprising?).
The article was composed partly as a response to Autobodies
, an inaugural exhibition at MoMA QNS
. London's Design Museum
has done similar shows, exhibiting a series striking yet ultimately familiar car designs, the accepted canon of automotive greatness, perhaps.
of the day.