What is Media Archaeology?
Parikka, Jussi (2012) What is Media Archaeology?, Cambridge, GB, Polity Press, 200pp.
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This cutting-edge text offers an introduction to the emerging field of media archaeology and analyses the innovative theoretical and artistic methodology used to excavate current media through its past.
Written with a steampunk attitude, What is Media Archaeology? examines the theoretical challenges of studying digital culture and memory and opens up the sedimented layers of contemporary media culture. The author contextualizes media archaeology in relation to other key media studies debates including software studies, German media theory, imaginary media research, new materialism and digital humanities.
What is Media Archaeology? advances an innovative theoretical position while also presenting an engaging and accessible overview for students of media, film and cultural studies. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the interdisciplinary ties between art, technology and media.
'Jussi Parikka offers a lucid, concise, and highly readable account of a new and exciting field - media archaeology. He demonstrates that contemporary media forms are rooted to the past by multiple threads - untangling them helps us understand the media frenzy that currently surrounds us.'
Erkki Huhtamo, University of California Los Angeles
'A fabulous map of media archaeology that, as its subject compels, produces its territory anew.'
Matthew Fuller, Goldsmiths
'The most comprehensive coverage to date of this fascinating area of study. Parikka's book offers an excellent overview of connections between the material and social aspects of media technology. He provides a thorough review of the diverse and sometimes contrasting theoretical foundations and provides a host of concrete examples of media-archaeological practice that serve to bridge the gap between heady theoretical trajectories and the concerns of practicing artists, users and other readers who take their technology seriously.'
Paul DeMarinis, Stanford University
|Keywords:||media archaeology, media theory, cultural theory, media art history|
|Subjects:||C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
T Technology > T Technology (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Business and Law > Winchester School of Art
|Date Deposited:||17 Feb 2012 16:16|
|Last Modified:||28 Jan 2013 22:28|
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