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Brussels (November 17 - December 2, 2007)

Jonctions / Verbindingen 10: Tracks in electr(on)ic fields

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Saturday 24/11 | 18:00

From Topics and Geniuses to Insects and Affects

Jussi Parikka
Lecture La Bellone

Media archaeology emerged in the 1990s as a way of rewiring media historical topics as part of the design of novel futures. As suggested by such theorists as Erkki Huhtamo and Siegfried Zielinski, history was turned from a collection of “has beens” to one of potential novelties and futures. However, as media archaeology has been branded by a search for the recurring topics (or topoi) of media culture (Huhtamo) and recently as the alternative inspirations offered by past geniuses (Zielinski), Jussi Parikka wants to propose an alternative agenda. Media archaeological rewiring can function also as a critique of contemporary stabilised media theoretical concepts and approaches, and use empirical research to deterritorialise some of the premises we tend to use when approaching media. As part of this presentation, he will introduce some of the themes from my ongoing research into “insect media” – a nonhuman way of approaching the history of media assemblages from the viewpoint of animals and affects. Why has recent media theory (and e.g. media art) been so inspired because of insects and how could the history of insects and technology be used to come up with new ideas concerning media?