media theory

Closeup and frame-analysis of "Golden Eagle Baby Snatch." Norman Archambault, Loïc Mireault, and Félix Marquis-Poulin. CGI. Source: YouTube. 

Speculative Futures: Steven Shaviro and Alexander Galloway

Shaviro The Universe of Things; Galloway Laruelle

It's a speculative accelerated realist bootleg throwdown! This episode features Steven Shaviro and Alexander Galloway discussing their recently published books The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism and Laruelle: Against the Digital.

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

Petra Loeffler on Distraction

Petra Loeffler. Image Source: Diaphanes Vertrag: http://www.diaphanes.de/autor/detail/1145

Cigarettes, cycling, gawking, gandering, and imbibing. These are a few of the forms of distraction or "distributed attention" that Petra Loeffler--a film and media scholar currently teaching media philosophy at Bauahus University -- discusses with us in this episode. Drawing examples from her recent book Distributed Attention: A Media History of Distraction, Dr.

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.

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

The New Apparatus Theory

Photographische Apparate III. Source: http://www.zeno.org/Meyers-1905/I/Wm15824c

So my comrade in gadget theory, Grant Wythoff, and I have been bouncing notes back and forth for a year or so about the return of the apparatus to media theory. I suppose it'd be more precise to say it never left. But the sources for "apparatus theory" have shifted over the years. In the 1970s and early 80s work by Baudry, Comolli, Mulvey, etc. on film as an ideological apparatus (appareil/dispositif) swept film studies. In the last fifteen years however another, intersecting theory of the apparatus has taken hold in media studies, science studies, theories of digital cinema and so on. Notions of a productive, assembly-like apparatus (dispositif) put forth by Foucault, Lyotard, Agamben and Deleuze today dominate contemporary apparatus theories.

What is Postcinema? Interview with Steven Shaviro (Episode 12)

Theorists of non-continuity: Marx, Engels, and Steven Shaviro. Source: @shaviro Twitter feed

Film and media theorist Steven Shaviro discusses postcinema, the meaning of the affective turn in the humanities, non-continuity in contemporary film cultures, digital technologies, neoliberalism, the place of politics in the academy, Harmony Korine's SPRING BREAKERS, and the aesthetics of Disney Stars gone bad. This discussion elaborates on Dr. Shaviro's lecture available as episode 11 of the CULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES podcast.

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Steven Shaviro on SPRING BREAKERS by Harmony Korine (Episode 11)

This episode features film theorist Steven Shaviro's lecture "'Every time I try to Fly': Hamony Korine's Spring Breakers," held on Nov 22, 2013 at the Post-Cinematic Perspectives conference (organized by Dr. Lisa Åkervall and Dr.

Call for Papers: Afterlives of Systems

Worms or wires? An image from the Whole Earth Catalog, courtesy http://rhizome.org/editorial/2011/may/11/whole-earth-catalog/

My friends and colleagues here in Germany, Christina Vagt and Florian Sprenger, are co-editing an issue of the journal Communication+1 (where I also happen to be an editor) on "Afterlives of Systems." The announcement is below, and also attached as a PDF. Having worked at length on cybernetics, this project naturally appealed to me in its general outlines. What specifically excites me, however, is its linking up of media theory and ecological studies. In the United States scholars including Bruce Clarke, Mark B. N. Hansen, Rob Mitchell, Alenda Chang, Tom Cohen, and J.

Bernard Stiegler, Mark Hansen, and WJT Mitchell on Friedrich Kittler (Episode 7)

Bernard Stiegler

Another Cultural Technologies Bootleg: This episode features a chat among French philosopher Bernard Stiegler, media theorist Mark B. N. Hansen, and literary critic W. J. T. Mitchell on the work of German media theorist Friedrich Kittler, following which Stiegler muses about time, technology, love, and death in the age of electronic media. And Hansen chimes in about Amazon algorithms stalking his desires. (Original recording took place in Mark Hansen's and W. J. T. Mitchell's 2004 media theory course at the University of Chicago.)

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