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What Is Media Archaeology?

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List of Images page vi Acknowledgements vii 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 Notes 168 Bibliography 181 Index 197

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Jussi Parikka is Reader in Media & Design at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton).


"Provides the urgently needed map into this new field's extensivedomain, but also for those already familiar the book is anexcellent read." New Formations "Essential reading for anyone interested in the interdisciplinaryties between art, technology and media Dr Parikka'scutting-edge text contextualizes media archaeology in relation toother key media studies debates while also presenting an engagingand accessible overview for students of media, film and culturalstudies." CreativeBoom "An exciting and excitable contribution to cultural theory." Reviewsin History "A lively introduction to its subject that illuminates excitingavenues for both scholarship and aesthetic practice, and the bookshould be of interest to Parikka s fellow travelers as wellas anyone wanting a critical overview of this challenging approach to modern mediaculture." New Media and Society " What Is Media Archaeology? offers important methodologicaldrives that direct our attention to the artistic, mathematical, andnon-written ways in which this truly interdisciplinary field isdeveloping." Literary& Linguistic Computing "Jussi Parikka offers a lucid, concise, and highly readable accountof a new and exciting field - media archaeology. He demonstratesthat contemporary media forms are rooted to the past by multiplethreads - untangling them helps us understand the media frenzy thatcurrently surrounds us." Erkki Huhtamo, University of California Los Angeles "A fabulous map of media archaeology that, as its subjectcompels, produces its territory anew." Matthew Fuller, Goldsmiths "Parrika's adroit combination of depth and brevity takes readersrapidly on wide ranging journeys into exploring contemporarymedia." Journal of American Studies of Turkey "A welcome fresh perspective on methodologies to carry out researchon contemporary media cultures a real antidote to the hypeof new technologies that is characteristic not only of technologyjournalism but also of so much media studies work. A worthyread." Media, Culture & Society "The most comprehensive coverage to date of this fascinating areaof study. Parikka's book offers an excellent overview ofconnections between the material and social aspects of mediatechnology. He provides a thorough review of the diverse andsometimes contrasting theoretical foundations and provides a hostof concrete examples of media-archaeological practice that serve tobridge the gap between heady theoretical trajectories and theconcerns of practicing artists, users and other readers who taketheir technology seriously." Paul DeMarinis, Stanford University

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