Eric Kluitenberg (ed.): Book of Imaginary Media: Excavating the Dream of the Ultimate Communication Medium (2006)

23 May 2020, dusan

“Where people fail our machines will succeed – it seems to be one of the most stubborn myths in Western society. We are incessantly being bombarded with films, books, street advertising and commercials about new gadgets, new media and new futures that seem suspiciously similar to all that precedes. Imagine the power … of the umpteenth gadget. Imagine … that technology can go where no human has ever gone before, that technology can succeed where no human has succeeded – not only in space or in nature, but also in the interpersonal, specifically in communication with the other.

This book investigates those technological myths and the dream of the ultimate communication medium from multiple perspectives. Building on insights provided by media archeology, Siegfried Zielinski, Bruce Sterling, Erkki Huhtamo and Timothy Druckrey spin a web of connections between the wonderful fantasy machines of Athanasius Kircher, the mania of stereoscopy, ‘dead’ media and archeological media art. Edwin Carels and Zoe Beloff descend into the cinematographic caverns of spiritualism and the iconography of death, while Eric Kluitenberg and John Akomfrah lift the lid on the imaginary connection machines and the ‘mothership connection’.”

Publisher NAi, Rotterdam, with De Balie, Amsterdam, 2006
ISBN 9789056625399, 905662539X
296 pages
via Media Archaeology Reconfigured

Reviews: Arjen Mulder (Open!, 2007), Erik van Bemmelen (Masters of Media, 2010).

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Siegfried Zielinski: Variations on Media Thinking (2019)

5 December 2019, dusan

“Expanding on Siegfried Zielinski’s inquiry into ‘deep time’ of the media, the essays in Variations on Media Thinking further the eminent media theorist’s unique method of expanded hermeneutics, which means for him interpreting technical artifacts as essential parts of our cultural lives. Covering such topics as the televisualized Holocaust, the ubiquity of media today, the Internet, the genealogy of sound art, and history’s first hacker movement, these essays further diversify Zielinski’s insight into the hidden layers of media development, which he first articulated in his pioneering work Deep Time of the Media.

Including many previously untranslated and scarce essays, these ‘written time machines’ open new lines of investigation for cultural scholars. From the automata of the Arabic-Islamic Renaissance (800–1200) to the largest and loudest techno-event ever, known as The Symphony of Sirens—which transformed Baku in 1922 into an immense music box of modern noise—Variations on Media Thinking covers Zielinski’s inquiries since 1975. Richly illustrated and full of provocation, brilliant insight, and fascinating research, this volume is perfect for students of media archaeology, philosophy, and technology, as well as any adventurous, rigorous thinkers engaged with culture and media.”

Publisher University of Minnesota Press, 2019
Posthumanities series, 52
ISBN 9781517907075, 1517907071
xxv+428 pages

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Christoph Brunner, Raimund Minichbauer, Kelly Mulvaney, Gerald Raunig (eds.): Technökologien (2018) [German]

25 September 2019, dusan

“Im dividuell-maschinischen Kapitalismus geht Technologie weit über die dichotomen Figuren von Techno-Euphorie (maschinischer Fortschritt in der Hand von Menschen) und Techno-Phobie (Menschen als Instrumente der Maschinen) hinaus. In so unterschiedlichen Feldern wie finanziellen Derivaten und Kryptowährungen, digitalen Schnitten und Data Doubles, biometrischen Filmbildern und sozialen Medien werden Technologien zu Umwelt, Umhüllung, Umgebung.

Mit dem Begriffsvorschlag Technökologien und Beispielen aus der Medienarchäologie der 1990er und 2000er Jahre, vor allem aber anhand der Untersuchung konkreter aktueller Praxen versucht das vorliegende Buch, diesen Verschiebungen gerecht zu werden: In der Mitte der technökologischen Subjektivierung, die nicht selten die Form von Wut, Angst, Hass und Häme annimmt, ergeben sich auch neue Weisen der Affizierung, neue Äußerungsweisen, neue Verhältnissetzungen von Technopolitik und sozialer Bewegung.

Mit Beiträgen von: Christoph Brunner, Marco Deseriis, Katrin M. Kämpf und Christina Rogers, Brigitta Kuster, Stamatia Portanova, Gerald Raunig, Álvaro Ruiz, Raúl Sánchez Cedillo.”

Publisher transversal texts, Vienna, August 2018
Copyleft
ISBN 9783903046214, 3903046213
157 pages

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