Matthew Fuller – The Forbidden Pleasures of Media Determinism

Event Date: 9 October 2013

Bolivar Hall
Venezuelan Embassy
54 Grafton Way, London WC1

The London Graduate School presents:

Media After Kittler


Media determine our situation.

F. A. Kittler (1999), Gramophone, Film, Typewriter

Professor Matthew Fuller (Goldsmiths College) – The Forbidden Pleasures of Media Determinism

Friedrich Kittler’s inspiringly provocative development of a ‘determinist’ theory of media deployed a sophisticated reading of the development and significance of technical standards. How might we think such standards and the interplay amongst them and with wider material ensembles of media systems including the computational? What in turn can we map across from this to wider arrays of media theory and invention?

Matthew Fuller is author of various books including ‘Media Ecologies, materialist energies in art and technoculture’, (MIT) ‘Behind the Blip, essays on the culture of software’ and ‘Elephant & Castle’. (both Autonomedia) With Usman Haque, he is co-author of ‘Urban Versioning System v1.0′ (ALNY) and with Andrew Goffey, of ‘Evil Media’. (MIT) Editor of ‘Software Studies, a lexicon’, (MIT) and co-editor of the journal Computational Culture, (http://www.computationalculture.net/) he is Professor of Cultural Studies at the Digital Culture Unit, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. His work with YoHa, ‘Endless War’ a durational data-processing of the Wikileaks Afghan War Diaries files is shortly on show at Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark and the YoHa-curated ‘Evil Media Distribution Centre’ exhibition, responding to the book ‘Evil Media’ is currently at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam. http://www.spc.org/fuller/




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