Media Matter

Media Matter

Shouldn't we consequently speak of informed matter and of materialized information? Launching Bloomsbury's Thinking Media series, Media Matter introduces readers to the nascent field of media-philosophy.

Author: Bernd Herzogenrath

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628923858

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

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What is a medium? If Nietzsche was right in claiming that “our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts,” that media help us "think," and if different media allow for different ways of thinking, then the "body" of the respective medium in question, its materiality, shapes and influences the range and direction of how media make us think. Shouldn't we consequently speak of informed matter and of materialized information? Launching Bloomsbury's Thinking Media series, Media Matter introduces readers to the nascent field of media-philosophy. Contributors urge readers to re-adjust their ideas of Media Studies, by both extending the understanding of "medium" in such a way as to include a concept of materiality that also includes "non-human" transmitters (elements such as water, earth, fire, air) and by understanding media not only in the context of cultural or discursive systems or apparatuses, relays, transistors, hardware or "discourse networks," but more inclusively, in terms of a "media ecology." Beginning with more general essays on media and then focusing on particular themes (neuroplasticity, photography, sculpture and music), especially in relation to film, Herzogenrath and contributors redefine the concept of "medium" in order to think through media, rather than about them.
Categories: Philosophy

Media Matter

Media Matter

The Materiality of Media, Matter as Medium Bernd Herzogenrath. Bennett and Karen Barad have shown ... This is why this kind of thinking matter is so closely linked to thinking media (Mersch 2010: 196). This new “matteralism” (to discern ...

Author: Bernd Herzogenrath

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628923841

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

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What is a medium? If Nietzsche was right in claiming that “our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts,” that media help us "think," and if different media allow for different ways of thinking, then the "body" of the respective medium in question, its materiality, shapes and influences the range and direction of how media make us think. Shouldn't we consequently speak of informed matter and of materialized information? Launching Bloomsbury's Thinking Media series, Media Matter introduces readers to the nascent field of media-philosophy. Contributors urge readers to re-adjust their ideas of Media Studies, by both extending the understanding of "medium" in such a way as to include a concept of materiality that also includes "non-human" transmitters (elements such as water, earth, fire, air) and by understanding media not only in the context of cultural or discursive systems or apparatuses, relays, transistors, hardware or "discourse networks," but more inclusively, in terms of a "media ecology." Beginning with more general essays on media and then focusing on particular themes (neuroplasticity, photography, sculpture and music), especially in relation to film, Herzogenrath and contributors redefine the concept of "medium" in order to think through media, rather than about them.
Categories: Philosophy

Theory of the Image

Theory of the Image

“Chapter 1 makes a case for a shift from thinking about 'new media' as a set of discrete objects to understanding media, ... See Bernd Herzogenrath, ed., Media Matter: The Materiality of Media, Matter As Medium (New York: Bloomsbury ...

Author: Thomas Nail

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190924034

Category: Art

Page: 416

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We live in an age of the mobile image. The world today is absolutely saturated with images of all kinds circulating around the world at an incredible rate. The movement of the image has never been more extraordinary than it is today. This recent kinetic revolution of the image has enormous consequences not only for the way we think about contemporary art and aesthetics but also for art history as well. Responding to this historical moment, Theory of the Image offers a fresh new theory and history of art from the perspective of this epoch-defining mobility. The image has been understood in many ways, but it is rarely understood to be fundamentally in motion. The original and materialist approach is what defines Theory of the Image and what allows it to offer the first kinetic history of the Western art tradition. In this book, Thomas Nail further develops his larger philosophy of movement into a comprehensive "kinesthetic" of the moving image from prehistory to the present. The book concludes with a vivid analysis of the contemporary digital image and its hybridity, ultimately outlining new territory for research and exploration across aesthetics, art history, cultural theory, and media studies.
Categories: Art

Matter Material Processes in Architectural Production

Matter  Material Processes in Architectural Production

I think it means that material has a different status, and this new status becomes incredibly important if we think of material as a medium condition. The media theorist Friedrich Kittler has suggested that there is no such thing as ...

Author: Gail Peter Borden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136798436

Category: Architecture

Page: 520

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Combining essays from both practice and academia, this book includes some of the most significant projects and thoughts on materiality from the last decade. Beautifully illustrated with a great deal of technical information throughout, it is not a coffee-table book with no explanation of how, nor a theory book without the description of the projects.
Categories: Architecture

The Films of Bill Morrison

The Films of Bill Morrison

'Matter that Images: Bill Morrison's Decasia.' Media|Matter. The Materiality of Media, Matter as Medium. Ed. Bernd Herzogenrath. New York: Bloomsbury, 2015. 111-137. Ivakhiv,Adrian J. Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, ...

Author: Bernd Herzogenrath

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789048529094

Category: Art

Page:

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Avant-garde filmmaker Bill Morrison has been making films that combine archival footage and contemporary music for decades, and he has recently begun to receive substantial recognition: he was the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, and his 2002 film Decasia was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. This is the first book-length study of Morrison's work, covering the whole of his career. It gathers specialists throughout film studies to explore Morrison's "aesthetics of the archive"-his creative play with archival footage and his focus on the materiality of the medium of film.
Categories: Art

Disformations

Disformations

Affects, Media, Literature. Gray, Richard T. About Face: German Physiognomic Thought from Lavater to Auschwitz. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2004. ... In Media Matter: The Materiality of Media, Matter as Medium, 1–16.

Author: TomᚠJirsa

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501362330

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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What happens when forms fall apart? And how do affects such as fear, shock, fascination, and desire drive and shape formal disturbances in modern literature, cinema, and contemporary art? Opening an interdisciplinary dialogue between cultural affect theory, media philosophy, and literary studies, TomᚠJirsa explores how specific affective operations disrupt form only to generate new formations. To demonstrate the importance of the structural work of mutually interacting affects, Disformations provides close readings of four intermedia figures stretched out across modernist fictions, contemporary video art, and posthuman visual experiments-the faceless face, the wallpaper pattern, the garbage dump, and the empty chair. Analyzing a wide range of texts, images, and audiovisual works, from Vincent van Gogh and Charlotte Perkins Gilman to Rainer Maria Rilke, Gaston Leroux, and Richard Weiner, to Francis Bacon, Michel Tournier, Ingmar Bergman, Eugène Ionesco, Vladimir Nabokov, Joseph Kosuth, and Jan Šerých, this book opens up a new avenue for addressing how aesthetic forms desubjectify affects to mobilize their mediality and performative qualities. Jirsa's innovative theoretical framework and incisive readings offer a fresh inquiry into how artistic media produce their own figural thinking and in so doing compel us to think with them anew.
Categories: Social Science

Technol gos in Being

Technol  gos in Being

Radical Media Archaeology & the Computational Machine Wolfgang Ernst. Kittler, F. A. and S. Ogger (2001), ... in B. Herzogenrath, Media Matter. The Materiality of Media, Matter as Medium, 28–46, London and New York: Bloomsbury.

Author: Wolfgang Ernst

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501362279

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Wolfgang Ernst's new work, Technológos in Being, in its explicit media-scientific approach, aligns with the politics of the thinking media series to publish innovative works that advance media studies towards the 'new sciences.' Ernst's invites readers to re-adjust their ideas of Media Studies: the conviction that an extended understanding of "medium" needs to include a concept of materiality that focuses on "non- human" agencies as well. The book grounds media analysis radically in the technological apparatuses, relays, transistors, hard- and software, to precisely locate the scenes, operations and frictions where reasoning logos and 'informable' matter interfere.
Categories: Social Science

Materialist Media Theory

Materialist Media Theory

Materialist Media Theory provides an accessible, synthetic account of the cutting edge of the theoretical humanities, examining a range of approaches to media's physical, infrastructural role in shaping culture, space, time, cognition, and ...

Author: Grant Bollmer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501337123

Category: Philosophy

Page: 206

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Our technologies rely on an ever-expanding infrastructure of wires, routers, servers, and hard drives-a proliferation of devices that reshape human interaction and experience prior to conscious knowledge. Understanding these technologies requires an approach that foregrounds media as an agent that collaborates in the production of the world beyond content or representation. Materialist Media Theory provides an accessible, synthetic account of the cutting edge of the theoretical humanities, examining a range of approaches to media's physical, infrastructural role in shaping culture, space, time, cognition, and life itself. More than a mere introduction, Materialist Media Theory provides a critical intervention into matter and media, of interest to students and researchers in media studies, communication, cultural studies, visual culture, and beyond. Media determine our reality, and any politics of media must begin by foregrounding the media's materiality.
Categories: Philosophy

Against Anarchy

Against Anarchy

Camus and the Challenge of Political Thought: Between Despair and Hope. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2016. ... Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010. ... Media/Matter: The Materiality of Media, Matter as Medium.

Author: Cord-Christian Casper

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110645873

Category: History

Page: 666

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'Against Anarchy' investigates the function of Anarchism in Early Modernist political fiction. The study explains how political novels from 1886 to 1911 narrate and evaluate the function of Anarchists as embodiments of a radical space beyond politics. The literary prevalence of Anarchists has so far not been connected systematically to its literary and political functions. The study addresses this research gap in detailed analyses of a radical theme in narratives by Joseph Conrad, Henry James, and G.K. Chesterton. It shows that each novel presents strategies of demarcation that allow turn-of-the-century Britain to project its cultural anxieties upon an imagined other, the dreaded figure labelled ‘Anarchist’. The political radical is set up as the foil against which comforting self-descriptions can be maintained. Rather than merely reproducing this boundary work, however, the novels also evaluate its function, both for the respective political system and for their own narrative capabilities — and present the consequences incurred by the loss of an anarchist outside. 'Against Anarchy' is a thorough cultural historiography of the politically other and marginal. At the same time, the study demonstrates that close attention to the specific literary image of Anarchism allows for a re-evaluation of political thought beyond its immediate historical moment — a literary political theory in its own right.
Categories: History

Classics and Media Theory

Classics and Media Theory

Introducing a largely neglected area of existing interactions between Greco-Roman antiquity and media theory, this volume addresses the question of why interactions in this area matter and how they might be developed further.

Author: Pantelis Michelakis

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780198846024

Category:

Page: 400

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Introducing a largely neglected area of existing interactions between Greco-Roman antiquity and media theory, this volume addresses the question of why interactions in this area matter and how they might be developed further. It aims not only to promote awareness of the presence of theclassics in media theory but also to encourage more media attentiveness among scholars of Greece and Rome. By bringing together an international team of scholars with interdisciplinary expertise in areas ranging from classical literature and classical reception studies to art history, media theoryand media history, film studies, philosophy, and cultural studies, the volume as a whole engages with numerous aspects of "classical" Greece and Rome revolving around issues of philosophy, cultural history, literature, aesthetics, and epistemology.Each chapter provides its own definition of what constitutes mediality and how it operates, constructs different genealogies of the concept of the medium, and engages with emergent fields within media studies that range from cultural techniques to media archaeology, diagrammatology, andintermediality. By seeking to foreground the persistency of Greco-Roman paradigms across the different strands of media theory the volume persuasively calls for a closer consideration of the conceptual underpinnings of the cultural practices around the transformation of ancient Greece and Rome into"classics."
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