Timothy Druckrey (ed.): Electronic Culture: Technology and Visual Representation (1996)

14 March 2017, dusan

“A rich compilation of essays by some of today’s leading theorists and media critics, this book gathers a series of explorations into diverse forms of visualizations in a cultural environment wired into the global network. With its emphasis on the impact of the digital revolution in the late 20th century and the historical context in which it arose, Electronic Culture could not be more timely or relevant.”

Texts by Vannevar Bush, Martin Heidegger, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Jean-Louis Comolli, Kathy Rae Huffman, Lev Manovich, Vilém Flusser, N. Katherine Hayles, Siegfried Zielinski, Slavoj Žižek, Friedrich Kittler, Sherry Turkle, Pierre Levy, Hakim Bey, Adilkno/Geert Lovink, Critical Art Ensemble, a.o.

Preface by Allucquère Rosanne Stone
Illustrations by Critical Art Ensemble
Publisher Aperture, New York, 1996
ISBN 0893816787, 9780893816780
447 pages

Review: Andreas Broeckmann (Leonardo, 2000).


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Luciana Parisi: Contagious Architecture: Computation, Aesthetics, and Space (2013)

20 February 2015, dusan

“In Contagious Architecture, Luciana Parisi offers a philosophical inquiry into the status of the algorithm in architectural and interaction design. Her thesis is that algorithmic computation is not simply an abstract mathematical tool but constitutes a mode of thought in its own right, in that its operation extends into forms of abstraction that lie beyond direct human cognition and control. These include modes of infinity, contingency, and indeterminacy, as well as incomputable quantities underlying the iterative process of algorithmic processing.

The main philosophical source for the project is Alfred North Whitehead, whose process philosophy is specifically designed to provide a vocabulary for “modes of thought” exhibiting various degrees of autonomy from human agency even as they are mobilized by it. Because algorithmic processing lies at the heart of the design practices now reshaping our world—from the physical spaces of our built environment to the networked spaces of digital culture—the nature of algorithmic thought is a topic of pressing importance that reraises questions of control and, ultimately, power. Contagious Architecture revisits cybernetic theories of control and information theory’s notion of the incomputable in light of this rethinking of the role of algorithmic thought. Informed by recent debates in political and cultural theory around the changing landscape of power, it links the nature of abstraction to a new theory of power adequate to the complexities of the digital world.”

Publisher MIT Press, 2013
Technologies of Lived Abstraction series
ISBN 0262018632, 9780262018630
392 pages

For a New Computational Aesthetics: Algorithmic Environments as Actual Objects lecture by Parisi (2012, video, 72 min).

Reviews: Lecomte (Mute, 2013), Ikoniadou (Computational Culture, 2014).


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Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft 8: Medienästhetik (2013) [German]

11 August 2014, dusan

Der Schwerpunkt «Medienästhetik» findet seinen Ausgangspunkt in einer Beobachtung Félix Guattaris, die in ihrer ganzen Dringlichkeit vermutlich erst heute einzusehen ist: Die Produktion von Subjektivität, die mit der allgemeinen Kybernetisierung der Lebensform einhergeht, wurde von Guattari als eine Frage der Ästhetik pointiert. Die medientechnologische Situation, die hinter dieser Neubewertung des Ästhetischen steckt, hat sich in den letzten zwanzig Jahren durch den Eintritt in eine Prozesskultur, wie sie die multiskalaren, netzwerkbasierten, environmentalen Medien des 21. Jahrhunderts bringen, ebenso verschärft wie ausdifferenziert.

Mit Beiträge von Félix Guattari, Luciana Parsi, Erich Hörl, Geert Lovink, Olga Goriunova, Jens Schröter, Yuk Hui, Shintaro Miyazaki, Anke Heelemann, Petra Löffler, Olivier Simard, Ute Holl, Nacim Ghanbari, Sebastian Haunss, Beate Ochsner, Isabell Otto, Tristan Thielmann, Ralf Junkerjürgen, Juliane Rebentisch, Michaela Ott, Jan Distelmeyer, Oliver Leistert, Theo Röhle, Maja Figge, Daniela Wentz und Sebastian Gießmann.

Guest edited by Erich Hörl and Mark B. N. Hansen
Publisher Diaphanes, Zürich, 2013
ISBN 9783037342404
ISSN 1869-1722
Open Access
216 pages

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