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<nettime-ann> New Publication: Media Archaeology
Parikka J. on Wed, 22 Jun 2011 02:20:06 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime-ann> New Publication: Media Archaeology


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Dear Nettime,

a new publication that might be of interest to some of you. We are also planning some events around the book - one of them takes place in Berlin July 15, if you happen to be around (at the Institute of Media Studies, Humboldt University, Sophienstrasse 22). More details to follow.

Media Archaeology
Approaches, Applications, and Implications, edited by Erkki Huhtamo and Jussi Parikka
University of California Press, June 2011

This book introduces an archaeological approach to the study of media - one that sifts through the evidence to learn how media were written about, used, designed, preserved, and sometimes discarded. Edited by Erkki Huhtamo and Jussi Parikka, with contributions from internationally prominent scholars from Europe, North America, and Japan, the essays help us understand how the media that predate today’s interactive, digital forms were in their time contested, adopted and embedded in the everyday. Providing a broad overview of the many historical and theoretical facets of Media Archaeology as an emerging field, the book encourages discussion by presenting a full range of different voices. By revisiting ‘old’ or even ‘dead’ media, it provides a richer horizon for understanding ‘new’ media in their complex and often contradictory roles in contemporary society and culture.

http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520262744

"Taken together, this excellent collection of essays by a wide range of scholars and practitioners demonstrates how the emerging field of media archaeology not only excavates the ways in which newer media work to remediate earlier forms and practices but also sketches out how older media help to premediate new ones."

—Richard Grusin, author of Premediation: Affect and Mediality after 9/11 

“Where McLuhan’s Understanding Media ends, Media Archaeology actually begins. Refusing the often futile search for the eternal laws of media, Media Archaeology does something more difficult and rare. It literally brings the history of media alive by drawing into presence the enigmatic, heterogeneous, unruly past of the media—its artifacts, machines, imaginaries, tactics, and games. What results is a fabulous cabinet of (media) memories: the imaginary moving with kinetic frenzy, histories of what happens when media collide in the electronic space of the virtual, and stories about those strange interstitial spaces between analogue and digital.”

—Arthur Kroker, author of The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism


“This brilliant collection of essays provides much needed material and historical grounding for our understanding of new media. At the same time, it animates that ground by recognizing the integral roles that imagination, embodiment, and even productive disturbance play in media historiography. Yet these essays constitute more than a collection of historical case studies; together, they transform the book’s subject into its overall method. Media Archaeology performs media archaeology. Huhtamo and Parikka excavate the intellectual traditions and map the epistemological terrain of media archaeology itself, demonstrating that the field is ripe with possibilities not only for further historical examination, but also for imagining exciting new scholarly and creative futures.”

—Shannon Mattern, The New School


"Media archaeology is a wonderful new shadow field. If you are willing to step outside the glow of new media, this book's approaches can shift how you experience the objects and experiences that fill the new everyday of contemporary life. No one captures the beauty of studying new media in the shadow of older media implements and practices better than Erkki Huhtamo, the Finnish writer, curator, and scholar of media technology and design famous for his creative work as a preservationist and an interpreter of pre-cinematic technologies of visual display. He has teamed up here with Jussi Parikka, the Finnish scholar who has brought us an insect theory of media, to give us this long-awaited collection of essays in media archaeology. The surprise of the book is that the essays collectively bring forward a range of approaches to considering archaeological practice, giving us new ways to think about our embodied and subjective orientations to technologies and objects through the lens of the material remnants of practice, rather than offering a narrow definition of the field. The collection moves between computational machines and influencing machines, preservation and imagination, offering a range of ways to live the new everyday of media experience through the imaginary of archaeology."

—Lisa Cartwright, co-author of Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture


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Dr Jussi Parikka
Reader in Media & Design
Winchester School of Art
University of Southampton, UK
Http://jussiparikka.net

Adjunct Professor of Digital Culture Theory, University of Turku
Visiting Fellow at Institute of Media Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin - Spring and Summer 2011 

Insect Media: http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/P/parikka_insect.html
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