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Cars: Accelerating the Modern World Victoria and Albert Museum

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Robert BraunTechno-Science & Societal Transformation Research Group, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria robert.braun@ihs.ac.at

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Recounted through artifacts, primarily automobiles, but also photographs, video, text, and automobile related installations, Cars: Accelerating the Modern World presented a history of the automobile from its beginnings—a restored 1896 Benz—to an imagined future represented by a “flying car.” The exhibition promised to help us navigate possible car futures based on what we can learn from the past.

Contributor Notes

Robert Braun and Richard Randell are co-curators of the newly established Critical Automobility Studies Lab at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna. They are joint authors of “Futuramas of the Present: The ‘Driver Problem’ in the Autonomous Vehicle Sociotechnical Imaginary” (Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 7, 163, 2020) and are collaborating on a book to be published in 2021 by Rowman and Littlefield International, Post-Automobility Futures: Technology, Power, and Imaginaries.

Robert Braun is an Associate Professor and Senior Researcher in the Techno-Science & Societal Transformation Research Group at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna. E-mail: robert.braun@ihs.ac.at

Richard Randell is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling at Webster University Geneva and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna. E-mail: richardrandell75@webster.edu

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