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By Jussi Parikka

Media historical past is hundreds of thousands, even billions, of years outdated. that's the premise of this pioneering and provocative ebook, which argues that to safely comprehend modern media tradition we needs to set out from fabric realities that precede media themselves—Earth’s historical past, geological formations, minerals, and effort. And to take action, writes Jussi Parikka, is to confront the profound environmental and social implications of this ubiquitous, yet infrequently ephemeral, realm of modern day life.
Exploring the source depletion and fabric resourcing required for us to take advantage of our units to reside networked lives, Parikka grounds his research in Siegfried Zielinski’s largely mentioned thought of deep time—but takes it again millennia. not just are infrequent earth minerals and plenty of different fabrics had to make our electronic media machines paintings, he observes, yet used and out of date media applied sciences go back to the earth as residue of electronic tradition, contributing to transforming into layers of poisonous waste for destiny archaeologists to reflect on. He indicates that those fabrics needs to be thought of along the usually risky and exploitative exertions techniques that refine them into the units underlying our doubtless digital or immaterial practices.
A Geology of Media demonstrates that the surroundings doesn't simply encompass our media cultural world—it runs via it, permits it, and hosts it in an period of extraordinary weather switch. whereas having a look backward to Earth’s far-off prior, it additionally appears ahead to a extra expansive media theory—and, implicitly, media activism—to come.

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Zombie Media: Circuit Bending Media Archaeology into an Art Method” is a text cowritten with the artist–­theorist Garnet Hertz. It stems from our shared theoretical interests in media archaeology and electronic waste as well as circuit bending and hardware hacking as practice-­based design interventions into contemporary technological culture. Throughout the book, I use art projects not merely as ways to illustrate the main thesis but also for the converse: many of the things and arguments in this book have been first mapped by artistic methods.

52 I am fascinated with the possibilities of unfolding media and technol­ ogy through chemistry: an elemental “periodic table” approach to modern scientific materiality. It is clearly one of the issues that any exposition of the relations of the Anthropocene and (media) technologies should take into account. indd 18 28/01/2015 12:46:15 PM Materiality 19 Fossil fuels and their associated technologies—­steam engines, inter­ nal combustion engines—­made many new activities possible and old ones more efficient.

He himself admits this approach as being even romantic and focused paradoxically on human heroes. It includes figures such as Empedocles (of four elements fame), Athanasius Kircher, and, for instance, the operatic dreams of Joseph Chudy and his early audiovisual telegraph system from the late eighteenth century (he composed a one-­act opera on the topic, The Telegraph or the Tele-­Typewriter). It also includes the opium-­fueled media desires of Jan Evangelista Purkyne, a Czech from the early nineteenth century in the habit of using his own body for various drug-­and electricity-­based experiments to see how the body itself is a creative medium.

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