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Fall 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Jussi Parikka
(English, Communication, Film and Media, Anglia Ruskin University; Director, Cultures and Digital Economy Research Institute [CoDE])
Media Archaeology as Zombie Media Research
2:00 pm Curtin Hall 368
Co-sponsored by UWM Department of English

In this talk, Jussi Parikka introduces key points about the figuration of various temporalities in the emerging theoretical-methodological framework of “media archaeology.” He discusses its roots in theories of visual culture and birth as part of the new media boom of the 1980s and especially 1990s.

Parikka argues that media archaeology needs to redevelop itself not only as a textual method, but also as a practical engagement with contemporary technical media cultures. It needs to develop its relations with such new fields of media studies and software studies, and hence update its agenda from the reliance on visual media to a variety of other modalities of media sensation and logic. Hence, media archaeology is in this more about “zombie media” research than dead media, as it engages with a complex interpretation and enactment of futures and pasts in parallel lines, and expands its historical methodology into such contexts as media ecology and ecosophy (Guattari). Through media archaeological mapping of the temporal layers of media technology, we start to understand how the question of temporality in contemporary media culture is also a question of living deads.

Dr. Jussi Parikka is Director of the Cultures of the Digital Economy (CoDE) research institute at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. He is also reader in Media Theory and History, and the author of several articles and books including Digital Contagions (2007), and the forthcoming Insect Media (November 2010), as well as the co-edited volumes The Spam Book (2009) and Media Archaeologies (forthcoming 2011). He is currently working on a new book on media archaeology for Polity Press.

Recommended background reading for the lecture: CTheory Interview: Archaeologies of Media Art

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