|Geert Lovink on Sat, 3 Nov 2007 11:54:03 +0100 (CET)|
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|[Nettime-nl] lezing van Friedrich Kittler in Amsterdam (29-11)|
TOWARDS AN ONTOLOGY OF MEDIA
The question whether media can be thought in terms of European ontology is both a crucial and a difficult one. As you know, there are, for very good reasons, many technological or mathematical theories of communication, even - as in McLuhan or Walter J. Ong - some silently theological ones. Ontology, however, as defined, in the twilight of Greece, by Aristotle's "Metaphysics", has since then been hostile to media, whether physical or technical. More than any other theories and sciences, philosophies forgot to ask which media support their very existence. Therefore, it is only with Heidegger's help that we can hope to develop something like an ontology of technical media.
Friedrich Kittler is a media theorist and is a seminal figure in the development of media theory. He is a Chair of Aesthetics and Media History at the Humboldt University in Berlin and teaches at University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Santa Barbara and Stanford University, Yale University, and Columbia University as a visiting professor. His publications include "Discourse Networks 1800 / 1900", "Gramophone Film Typewriter", and "Literature, Media, Information Systems".
Respondent: Scott Lash, Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London
Date: Thursday, 29 November 2007
Time: 6 pm
Location: Doelenzaal, University Library, Singel 425, Amsterdam
Event hosts: Celia Lury, Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London and Richard Rogers, New Media, University of Amsterdam
The talk is made possible by "A Topological Approach to Cultural Dynamics," the EU project, http://www.atacd.net, led by Goldsmiths College, University of London. The co-sponsor is the Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, http://www.mediastudies.nl.
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