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Dematerialization

The process by which stocks and other securities cease to be represented by a physical certificate and become electronically recorded. Dematerialization has gradually become more common as computers have become more sophisticated and exchanges increasingly decide to close their trading floors.
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Abstract form and the building's tendency to dematerialize (it is sheathed in a silvery membrane that at times disappears into the skies), dissipate size and make accord with the ephemeral nature of the wide Cambridgeshire landscape.
The older generation's intentions for using performance--to dematerialize the art object, to resist commodification, to expand traditional praxis with an immanent medium--are not as crucial.
The soft glass corners of buildings dematerialize the mass of the structure, while providing a transition for the landscaping.
Is "British" not a melting-pot sort of idea that dematerializes constituents like "Irish"?
But as he painstakingly arranges these things and others into the thick resin that coats his hybrid collage-paintings, he dematerializes them as well, revealing their potential to become elements of mind and pattern, like the inner-eye whirligigs captured in his recent Millennium Phosphene Bloom, 2005, or the string figures in Harry Smith movies.
Against Venus's polished rhetorical verse (equated with the mimetic or hermetic) which dematerializes the very body it seeks to re-present, the poem's narrative voice asserts the power of dramatic presentation (= Orphic) which "reinstate[s] the body in all its sensuous and organic power" (55).
Roof and towers are encased in a shimmering skin of lightweight metal mesh that softens and dematerializes their mass.
In The Private World, for instance, the image, turned upside down and duplicated, looks like a reflection in a mirror; the wall dematerializes, as if it were an imaginary window onto the outdoors.