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9789056625399

The Book of Imaginary Media: Excavating the Dream of the Ultimate Communication Medium

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  • ISBN-13: 9789056625399
  • ISBN: 905662539X
  • Edition: Pap/DVD
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Publisher: NAi Publishers

AUTHOR

Siegfried Zielinski, Bruce Sterling, Eric Kluitenberg

SUMMARY

Have you ever wondered if one day Windows 2028 might just know what you're thinking and type it? In this collection of essays, a selection of today's top media and sci-fi theorists weigh in. Eric Kluitenberg and John Akomfrah explore the persistent idea that technology may one day succeed where no human has, not only in space or in nature, but also in interpersonal communication. Building on insights from media archeology, Siegfried Zielinski, Bruce Sterling, Erkki Huhtamo and Timothy Druckrey spin a web of associations between the fantasy machines of Athanasius Kircher, the mania of stereoscopy and 'dead' media. Edwin Carels and Zoe Beloff descend into the cinematographic caverns of spiritualism and the iconography of death, and renowned cartoonists including Ben Katchor depict their own visionary media fantasies. On the enclosd DVD, artist Peter Blegvad provides hilarious commentary in a son et lumiere version of his On Imaginary Media.Siegfried Zielinski is the author of 'The Book of Imaginary Media: Excavating the Dream of the Ultimate Communication Medium', published 2007 under ISBN 9789056625399 and ISBN 905662539X.

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