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.
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"A fabulous map of media archaeology that, as its subject
compels, produces its territory anew."
Matthew Fuller, Goldsmiths
"Parrika's adroit combination of depth and brevity takes readers rapidly on wide ranging journeys into exploring contemporary media."
Journal of American Studies of Turkey
"A welcome fresh perspective on methodologies to carry out research on contemporary media cultures – a real antidote to the hype of new technologies that is characteristic not only of technology journalism but also of so much media studies work. A worthy read."
Media, Culture & Society
"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
List of Images page vi
1 Introduction: Cartographies of the Old and the New 1
2 Media Archaeology of the Senses: Audiovisual, Affective, Algorithmic 19
3 Imaginary Media: Mapping Weird Objects 41
4 Media Theory and New Materialism 63
5 Mapping Noise and Accidents 90
6 Archive Dynamics: Software Culture and Digital Heritage 113
7 Practising Media Archaeology: Creative Methodologies for Remediation 136
Conclusions: Media Archaeology in Digital Culture 159
Jussi Parikka is Professor in Technological Culture & Aesthetics at the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton).