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Media Parasites in the Early Avant-Garde

  • Kartonierter Einband
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Niebisch retraces how the early Avant-Garde movements started out as parasites inhabiting and irritating the emerging mass media c... Weiterlesen
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Niebisch retraces how the early Avant-Garde movements started out as parasites inhabiting and irritating the emerging mass media circuits of the press, cinema, and wired and wireless communication and how they aimed at creating a media ecology based on and inspired by technologies such as the radio and the photo cell.

"Media Parasites in the Early Avant-Garde is a highly original study combining three areas of research that should have been merged long ago: Michel Serres' theory of the parasite, Friedrich Kittler's contribution to our understanding of the military origins of modern media, and historical analyses of Dadaism and Futurism. Giving a new twist to an old story, Niebisch turns heroic rebel-artists into profiteers of media parasitism: the new technologies create the disturbances that are then refunctionalized and codified as art." - Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, professor, German Studies, University of British Columbia

"Cultural analysis at its best: this book suspends the study of media culture from technological determinism by focusing on 'parasitic' uses and creative misuses of new technologies in early 20th century avant-garde e.g Futurism, Dada, while at the same time cross-checking such media artistic practices against the engineering evidence. Some hitherto neglected or even unknown discoveries from the archive are being revealed, ranging from poetical and optical to acoustic (and even 'optophonetic') devices. Thus the reader is provided with rich material and suggestions to judge himself if 'noisy' avant-garde uses and modifications of technology are indeed 'subversive' interventions in the cultural order and in the ecology of media, or if they act on a just metaphorical level." - Wolfgang Ernst, chair of Media Theories, Humboldt University, Berlin

Arndt Niebisch is an assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA.

1. The Press and the Parasites 2. Poetic Media Effects 3. Parasitic Media 4. Parasitic Noise 5. Ether Parasites Conclusion: Odradek and the Future of the Parasite


Titel: Media Parasites in the Early Avant-Garde
Untertitel: On the Abuse of Technology and Communication
EAN: 9781349446841
ISBN: 134944684X
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Anzahl Seiten: 252
Gewicht: 322g
Größe: H216mm x B140mm x T13mm
Jahr: 2012
Auflage: 1st ed. 2012