Deep Time of the Media Toward an Archaeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means

ISBN-10: 026274032X

ISBN-13: 9780262740326

Edition: 2008

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Deep Time of the Mediatakes us on an archaeological quest into the hidden layers of media development -- dynamic moments of intense activity in media design and construction that have been largely ignored in the historical-media archaeological record. Siegfried Zielinski argues that the history of the media does not proceed predictably from primitive tools to complex machinery; in Deep Time of the Media, he illuminates turning points of media history--fractures in the predictable--that help us see the new in the old. Drawing on original source materials, Zielinski explores the technology of devices for hearing and seeing through two thousand years of cultural and technological history. He discovers the contributions of dreamers and modelers of media worlds, from the ancient Greek philosopher Empedocles and natural philosophers of the Renaissance and Baroque periods to Russian avant-gardists of the early twentieth century. Media are spaces of action for constructed attempts to connect what is separated, Zielinski writes. He describes models and machinesthat make this conncection: including a theater of mirrors in sixteenth-century Naples, an automaton for musical composition created by the seventeenth-century Jesuit Athanasius Kircher, and the eighteenth-century electrical tele-writing machine of Joseph Mazzolari, among others. Uncovering these moments in the media-archaeological record, Zielinski says, brings us into a new relationship with present-day moments; these discoveries in the deep time media history shed light on today's media landscape and may help us map our expedition to the media future.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 389
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Siegfried Zielinski, a founder of the new field of media archaeology, is Founding Director of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, where he is Professor of Media and Communication Studies and is developing a workshop for a variantology of the media. He has published more than a dozen books and many articles. Deep Time of the Media is the second of his books to appear in English.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Idea of a Deep Time of the Media
Fortuitous Finds Instead of Searching in Vain: Methodological Borrowings and Affinities for an Anarchaeology of Seeing and Hearing by Technical Means
Attraction and Repulsion: Empedocles
Magic and Experiment: Giovan Battista Della Porta
Light and Shadow-Consonance and Dissonance: Athanasius Kircher
Electrification, Tele-Writing, Seeing Close Up: Johann Wilhelm Ritter, Joseph Chudy, and Jan Evangelista Purkyne
The Discovery of a PIT, a Camera Obscura of Iniquity: Cesare Lombroso
The Economy of Time: Aleksej Kapitanovich Gastev
Conclusions: Including a Proposal for the Cartography of Media Anarchaeology
Notes
Bibliography
Credits
Index
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