Brian Winston: Media Technology and Society. A History From the Printing Press to the Superhighway (1998)

30 June 2009, dusan

How are media born? How do they change? And how do they change us?

Media Technology and Society offers a comprehensive account of the history of communications technologies, from the printing press to the internet. Brian Winston argues that the development of new media, from the telegraph and the telephone to computers, satellite and virtual reality, is the product of a constant play-off between social necessity and suppression: the unwritten law by which new technologies are introduced into society only insofar as their disruptive potential is limited. Winston’s fascinating account examines the role played by individuals such as Alexander Graham Bell, Gugliemo Marconi, John Logie Baird, Boris Rozing and Charles Babbage, and challenges the popular myth of the present-day “information revolution.”

Publisher Routledge, 1998
ISBN 041514230X, 9780415142304
374 pages

Keywords and phrases
ENIAC, AT&T, Bell Labs, EDVAC, cathode ray tube, Intelsat, Bletchley Park, integrated circuit, UNIVAC, selenium, microprocessor, point-contact transistor, iconoscope, ARPANET, NTSC, solid state electronics, However, differential analyser, holography, Entscheidungsproblem

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Roger Silverstone: Television And Everyday Life (1994)

30 June 2009, dusan

Television and Everyday Life explores the enigma of television, and how it has insinuated its way so profoundly and intimately into our daily lives. The book unravels television’s emotional, cognitive, spatial, temporal and political significance.

Drawing from a broad range of literature–from psychoanalysis to sociology, from geography to cultural studies–Roger Silverstone constructs a theory which places television in a central position within the various realities and discourses which construct everyday life. The medium emerges from these arguments as a fascinating, complex phenomenon of contradictions, yet the book explodes many of the myths surrounding what has been called “The Love Machine”.

Television and Everyday Life presents a radical new approach to the medium, one that both challenges closely-held wisdoms, and offers a compellingly original view of where telvision sits in everyday life.

Publisher Routledge, 1994
ISBN 0415016479, 9780415016476
Length 204 pages

Keywords and phrases
soap opera, ontological security, television, moral economy, Silverstone, mass media, suburbanisation, situation comedy, Frankfurt School, post-modern, phenomenology, commodification, Marilyn Strathern, polysemy, Radway, sit-coms, David Morley, Daniel Miller, object relations theory, privatisation

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Lisa Nakamura: Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (2007)

30 June 2009, dusan

In the nineties, neoliberalism simultaneously provided the context for the Internet’s rapid uptake in the United States and discouraged public conversations about racial politics. At the same time many scholars lauded the widespread use of text-driven interfaces as a solution to the problem of racial intolerance. Today’s online world is witnessing text-driven interfaces such as e-mail and instant messaging giving way to far more visually intensive and commercially driven media forms that not only reveal but showcase people’s racial, ethnic, and gender identity.

Lisa Nakamura, a leading scholar in the examination of race in digital media, uses case studies of popular yet rarely examined uses of the Internet such as pregnancy Web sites, instant messaging, and online petitions and quizzes to look at the emergence of race-, ethnic-, and gender-identified visual cultures.

While popular media such as Hollywood cinema continue to depict nonwhite nonmales as passive audiences or consumers of digital media rather than as producers, Nakamura argues the contrary—with examples ranging from Jennifer Lopez music videos; films including the Matrix trilogy, Gattaca, and Minority Report; and online joke sites—that users of color and women use the Internet to vigorously articulate their own types of virtual community, avatar bodies, and racial politics.

Publisher U of Minnesota Press, 2007
ISBN 0816646139, 9780816646135
248 pages

Keywords and phrases
Asian American, visual culture, avatars, Internet, digital signatures, buddy icons, Minority Report, racial formation, African Americans, codetalkers, cyberpunk, Matrix trilogy, Details magazine, Jennifer Lopez, digital divide, posthuman, racial project, racism, However, Agent Smith

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Chto delat / What is to be done?, 1-36 (2003-2013) [Russian, English]

29 June 2009, dusan

Chto delat/What is to be done? was founded in early 2003 in Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod (see full list of participants on the web site) with the goal of merging political theory, art, and activism.

Since then, Chto delat has been publishing an English-Russian newspaper on issues central to engaged culture, with a special focus on the relationship between a repoliticization of Russian intellectual culture and its broader international context. These newspapers are usually produced in the context of collective initiatives such as art projects or conferences.

Issue 1, August 2003
Realised in the framework of the festival of contemporary art “Artkliazma”, 29.08 – 07.09.2003

Autonomous Zones
Issue 2, September 2003
Realised in the framework of “Rohto” project /28.10-14.09.2003, at Central Exhibition Hall/

Emancipation from/of Labour
Issue 3, 2004
Realised as a part of an art project by Dmitry Vilensky “Negation of Negation” in a frame of the exhibition “Faster than History”, The Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, 2004

The International Now-here
Issue 4, April 2004

Love & Politics
Issue 5, May 2004
Realized in the framework of the exhibition “Watch Out! Art from Moscow and St. Petersburg”, Oslo, 27.05-05.09.2004

Revolution or Resistance?
Issue 6, August 2004
Realized in the framework of the festivals: Nordic & Russian Poetry, Art & Film Event “Swinging With Neighbours” in Stockholm 17-23rd of August, 2004, and “Art Kljazma” festival, Moscow

Drift. Narvskaja Zastava
Issue 7, September 2004
Realized in the framework of the festival Contemporary Art in Traditional Museums, St Petersburg, 25.09.-25.10.2004

State of Emergency
Issue 8, January 2005
Realized in the framework of conference “Klartext! The Status of Political in Contemporary Art and Culture”, January 14-16, 2005, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien and Volksbuhne, Berlin

What Do We Have in Common?
Issue 9, May 2005
This publication is part of the exhibition project “The Builders” realized on the occasion of the exhibition Collective Creativity, at Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel, from May 1 – July 17, 2005

How Do Politics Begin?
Issue 10, September 2005
HTML (Part 1), HTML (Part 2)

Why Brecht?
Issue 11, January 2006
Realized in the framework of exhibition “Capital” (It Fails Us Now) /07.01.-15.02.2006/, Kunstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia with the generous support of the NIFCA.

(Im)possible Spaces
Issue 12, March 2006
Realized in a frame of the exhibition “Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art” at Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York / 24.03. 2006 – 26.04.2006/

Culture and Protest. Another Power is Possible
Issue 13, July 2006
Realized in the framework of the 2nd Russian Social Forum during the G-8 Summit in Petersburg.

Issue 14, September 2006
Realized in the framework of the exhibition “Self-Education” at the State Center for Contemporary art, 06.09.-30.09.2006

Reactionary Times
Issue 15, February 2007
Appeared in the framework of documenta 12 magazines, a collective editorial project linking worldwide over 80 print and on-line periodicals, as well as other media.

Potentialities Beyond Political Sadness
Issue 16, March 2007
Realized in collaboration with and funded in part by the “Space for Actualisation”, Hamburg and with the support of the Iaspis International Artists’ Studio Program in Sweden

Debates on the Avant-Garde
Issue 17, August 2007
Co-produced by WorkMethod, Paris, with the support of American Center Foundation, and Frac Ile-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris in the context of the project “Société Anonyme”.

Becoming a Mother. The work of care in contemporary capitalism
Special issue, November 2007
Realised in framework of the exhibition “Becoming a mother” that took place at Botkyrka Konsthall from 24 November 2007 till 1 March 2008 with the support from Labyrint Press and Swedish Institute.

Special issue, February 2008

Critique and Truth
Issue 18, March 2008
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Have the Cake and Eat It, Too. Institutionskritik als instituierende Praxis”, March 13-April 19, 2008, Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna ( from 24 November 2007 till 1 March 2008 with the support from Labyrint Press and Swedish Institute

Knowledge in Action
Special issue, September 2008
Published in collaboration with Street University on the occasion of the European Social Forum 2008 in Malmö, September 17-21, 2008, (

What Does it Mean to Lose? The Experience of Perestroika
Issue 19, September 2008
Produced on collaboration with U-TURN Quadrennial for Contemporary Art with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union and Kulturkontakt Nord.

When Artists Struggle Together
Special issue, November 2008

What is the Use of Art?
Issue 25, March 2009
Published on the occasion of the exhibition project realised by Chto delat workgroup ‘Plug In #51: Activist Club’ at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Another Commons: Living / Knowledge / Act
Issue 26, 2009

The Great Method
Issue 27, September 2009

Make Film Politically. Contemporary Filmmaking and the Soviet Avant-Garde
Special issue (later as Issue 28), September 2007
Published in framework of the exhibition “Electrification of the brains” that took place from 21 September to 3 November 2007 in Dresden.

Whose City Is This?
Issue 29, August 2010

Chto delat? What is to be Done? In Dialogue [reader]
Special issue, September 2010
Published on occasion of the exhibition project What is to be done? … the urgent need to struggle at ICA, London (9 Sep-24 Oct 2010).

Living, Thinking, Acting politically
Issue 30, 2010
A brief analysis of the 48-Hour Communal Life Seminars
HTML, Issuu

Tragedy or Farce?
Issue 31, December 2010

Theater of Accomplices
Issue 32, June 2011

Against Slavery
Issue 33, October 2011

In Defence of Representation
Issue 34, March 2012

Language at/of the Border
Issue 35, February 2013
“The idea for this issue arose when we begin working on our film A Border Musical, whose screenplay is also printed here. This film is based on a study of the situation on both sides of the Russian-Norwegian border: we were interested in how a range of differences, which inevitably serve as sources of conflict in border areas, shape the subjectivity of people in daily contact with each other.” (from the Editorial)
Published on the occasion of the Barents Spectacle 2013 in collaboration with Border Aesthetics.

The Sublime is Now?
Issue 36, August 2013

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Sinnerbrink, Deranty, Smith, Schmiedgen (eds.): Critique Today (2006)

29 June 2009, dusan

What are the tasks and potentials of critical theory today? How should we critique the present? Critique Today brings together a variety of perspectives in critical social philosophy that question our social and historical constellation. It includes contributions by Genevieve Lloyd, Shane O’Neill, Paul Patton, Paul Redding, Emmanuel Renault, and Nicholas Smith, and examines critical intersections in the work of Jürgen Habermas, Axel Honneth, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, and Giorgio Agamben. Critique Today aims to further the ongoing dialogue between German critical theory and French post-structuralism, explores the relationship between philosophy and social theory, and develops new approaches to Hegel and theories of recognition, the theme of social hope, and contemporary discussions of rights and power.

Editors Robert Sinnerbrink, Jean-Philippe Deranty, Nicholas H. Smith, Peter Schmiedgen
Publisher Brill, 2006
Social and Critical Theory, Vol. 3
ISBN 9004149112, 9789004149113
303 pages

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