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Infrastructure as Experience

NRO (Trevor Paglen)

I'm giving a talk in Dublin next week. Announcement here: 

Infrastructure as Experience, or: Visualizing Networks After Snowden

18:30, February 2nd 2016, Neill lecture theatre (Trinity College Dublin)

Opportunities for refugees to study at HU-Berlin

I received this email from a colleague concerning opportunities for refugees in Germany to take classes at the Humboldt University of Berlin. There's an event to be held on the 22 Sept 2015 at the HU for interested person. Although I'm not directly involved, I post the information here to make it more widely available.  Please disseminate freely. For more information, contact the personnel listed at the bottom of this page. 

Liebe Mitglieder der Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftlichen Fakultät,

sehr gern informiere ich Sie über die Initiative des Vizepräsidenten für Studium und Internationales. Ich denke, es wäre ein schönes Signal, wenn der ein oder andere von Ihnen Zeit hätte, bei dem Termin anwesend zu sein.
Darüber hinaus würde ich mich freuen, wenn Sie als Lehrende das Ihnen Mögliche tun würden, um die Initiative zu unterstützen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Julia von Blumenthal

Times of the Technosphere: First and Second Session

earth scientist Peter Haff lecturing on the technosphere

 

For participants of the first and second session, please download the syllabus, essay by Peter Haff, and interview with Erich Hörl at the email link below. Thank you.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6ybgouefcbztnyi/AABm4eoiGvXR_3bL9ZVZDjBga?dl=0 

If you have problems accessing or reading these files, please contact me via my email on the main page of www.bernardg.com . Thanks!

 

Untimely Mediations: Siegert and Sprenger Review

I recently reviewed Bernhard Siegert's CULTURAL TECHNIQUES and Florian Sprenger's MEDIEN DES IMMEDIATEN for the literary journal PARAGRAPH. For those of you that don't have a subscription, find the PDF attached here and the full text below. If you have a subscription option through your university, please go that route. I assume it's good for the journal to have clicks generating in some record somewhere. If that's not an option then best to download the PDF I linked. PARAGRAPH has good formatting, much better than my quick and dirty reproduction below. 

 

Untimely Mediations: On Two Recent Contributions to ‘German Media Theory’

BERNARD DIONYSIUS GEOGHEGAN

Information in Formation

I'm writing a short text on "information" for the collection Digital Keywords edited by Ben Peters and to be published by Princeton University Press. Lots of great folks will be in there like Gabriella Coleman, Jonathan Sterne, Fred Turner and Sharrona Pearl. The rough draft of the introduction to my text is below. Eventually some this will show up in revised form in the book based on my dissertation. If you have any ideas, get in touch. And I welcome feedback from anyone who feels like looking at the full text!

Information in Formation

I think perhaps the word ‘information’ is causing more trouble in this connection than it is worth, except that it is difficult to find another that is anywhere near right. 

–Claude Shannon

Why is there a theory of information rather than none? That, in brief, is the subject of this short essay. (1)

Computing and Historiography, Part 2: Parasitology

The Living Archive: Apparently there's talk about turning the old Bell Labs atrium, shown here, into condos. See http://archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=3631#.VFQCsvTF_Lk

[For part 1 of this post click here]

A modest amount of time spent in archive impresses upon most historians the symbiotic relations that prevail among history-makers and history-writers. I don’t mean this in the naïve sense that “winners write history,” though that may be true too. For one thing, “making history” depends on the ability to generate traces that become part of an archive or official record—even if that archive may be lost for decades and only rediscovered decades or centuries hence. For another thing, the capacity to innovate in the present is closely allied with the power to summon and exploit historical records.

Computing and Historiography, Part 1

sigcis debate origins email evgeny morozov Shiva Ayyadurai

How does the work of building computers relate to the writing of computing history? At first glance, this seems an easy enough thing to describe: Scientists, engineers, and industries invent or innovate while historians and other observers report on these events. This is a more or less linear model of cause and effect, where work with computers is an ostensible “cause” or “source” for writing computer history. But I think this model is so reductive as to be false. It seems to me that the reception or interpretation of computational history is itself a participant in the shaping and consolidation of computational innovation. Recognizing this relation has important consequences for a number of issues in ‘informatics proper’ (design and protection of intellectual property, raising capital, and workplace diversity are three areas I will touch on in coming posts) as well those societies that would like to identify social well being with technological innovation.

On Siegert's "Cultural Techniques" and Sprenger's "Medien des Immediaten"

Bernhard Siegert, Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors and Other Articulations of the Real

I wrote book reviews of Bernhard Siegert's forthcoming "Cultural Techniques: Grids, Filters, Doors and Other Articulations of the Real" and of Florian Sprenger's "Medien des Immediaten. Elektrizität, Telegraphie, McLuhan" for the forthcoming issue of PARAGRAPH. It was a pleasure to be able to contribute something to this great journal, and also to comment on trends in germanophone media studies for Edinburgh University Press, which has done so much in recent years to put cutting edge conceptual work before anglophone readers. I'm also pleased to review something coming out from Fordham, another press championing pathbreaking publications and translations. The late Helen Tartar championed publication of this book by Siegert and perhaps this review can serve as a small tribute to her important and enduring legacies in critical thought.

Florian Sprenger on the Media of Immediacy

I recently wrote a book review of Bernhard Siegert's forthcoming book "Cultural Techniques" and Florian Sprenger's 2012 book "Medien des Immediaten" for the journal PARAGRAPH. Although Sprenger's book hasn't been translated, there are a few articles in English based on it. I've attached of these articles in draft form, here. If you like what you see, I encourage you to order copies of the English-language essay collections where they were published.

CFP: Models and Modelling, Archiv für Mediengeschichte

The Archiv für Mediengeschichte is one of the crown jewels of contemporary research on the history, theory, and philosophy of media. It seems to me that journal success sometimes means a sort of bureacratization and neutralization of its identity--more submissions arrive from afar, peer reviewing procedures start sifting out the most idiosnycratic texts, etc--but the Archiv has maintained and even enhanced its mission & identity for a decade or so now. The CFP for the next issue on "Models and Modelling" just came out. I bet it'll be a great issue and it's a great opportunity to publish in an exciting venue.

 

Deadline: Apr 30, 2014

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