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September 2023

Frictions: Inquiries into Cybernetic Thinking and Its Attempts towards Mate[real]ization

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Author: Sebastian Vehlken

Author: Andrei Cretu

Author: Wolfgang Ernst

Author: Thomas Fischer

Author: Hans-Christian von Herrmann

Author: Stefan Höltgen

Author: Rolf F. Nohr

Author: Eva Schauerte

Author: Isabell Schrickel

Editor: Diego Gómez-Venegas

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2023

Frictions is a collective invitation to embrace the space of difference that both connects and separates techno-scientific discourses from their actual implementations—or even, from their non-implementations. Through a series of case studies focused on cybernetics, systems research, and some of their more contemporary inheritors, this book argues that such a middle space, the topology of frictions, offers significant insights to assess the historical and epistemological relevance of these interconnected fields. Characterized here as cybernetic thinking, this broad area of theoretical and applied projects would conceal, precisely within its frictions, the operational principles of our present.

August 2023

Mediale Teilhabe: Partizipation zwischen Anspruch und Inanspruchnahme

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Author: Michel Schreiber

Author: Ruth Lang

Author: nate wessalowski

Author: Erich Hörl

Author: Milan Stürmer

Author: Markus Spöhrer

Author: Robert Stock

Author: Isabell Otto

Author: Urs Stäheli

Author: Anne Ganzert

Author: Mathias Denecke

Author: Matthias Drusell

Author: Elke Bippus

Author: Christoph Brunner

Author: Roberto Nigro

Editor: Beate Ochsner

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2023

Gesellschaftliche, politische und wissenschaftliche Forderungen nach mehr Beteiligung, Zugang und Mitwirkung sind ebenso allgegenwärtig wie spannungsgeladen und durchzogen von Ambivalenzen. Mediale Teilhabe fragt nach den medialen Ermöglichungs- und Austauschprozessen, als deren Effekt Teilhabe/Nicht-Teilhabe entsteht. Entlang der Modalitäten Verschalten, Temporalisieren und Teilhabende Kritik entwickeln die Beiträge einen differenzierten Blick auf Teilhabe im Spannungsfeld von Anspruch und Inanspruchnahme.

Digital Energetics

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Author: Zane Griffin Talley Cooper

Author: Jordan B. Kinder

Author: Cindy Kaiying Lin

Author: Anne Pasek

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2023

Media and energy require joint theorization as they are bound together across contemporary informational and fossil regimes. Digital Energetics traces the contours of a media analytic of energy and an energy analytic of media across the cultural, environmental, and labor relations they subtend. Focusing specifically on digital operations, its authors analyze how data and energy have jointly modulated the character of data work and politics in a warming world.

July 2023

Algorithmic Authenticity: An Overview

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Author: Anthony Glyn Burton

Author: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Author: Liliana Bounegru

Author: Melody Devries

Author: Amy Harris

Author: hannah holtzclaw

Author: Ioana B. Jucan

Author: Alexandra Juhasz

Author: D.W. Kamish

Author: Ganaele Langlois

Author: Jasmine Proctor

Author: Christine Tomlinson

Author: Roopa Vasudevan

Author: Esther Weltevrede

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2023

What makes information feel true or compelling in our contemporary digital societies? This book brings together different disciplinary understandings of “authenticity” in order to find alternative ways to approach mis- and disinformation that go beyond contemporary fact-checking and its search for the “authentic” truth. Patterned under the algorithmic flows of digital capitalism, authenticity itself is subject to variation, iteration, and outside influence. Linking cross-disciplinary research on the history and practices of algorithmic authenticity points to new research questions to understand the impact of algorithmic authenticity on social life and its role in contemporary information disorder.

June 2023

Post-Cinematic Bodies

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Author: Shane Denson

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2023

How is human embodiment transformed in an age of algorithms? How do post-cinematic media technologies such as AI, VR, and robotics target and re-shape our bodies? Post-Cinematic Bodies grapples with these questions by attending both to mundane devices—such as smartphones, networked exercise machines, and smart watches and other wearables equipped with heartrate sensors—as well as to new media artworks that rework such equipment to reveal to us the ways that our fleshly existences are increasingly up for grabs. Through an equally philosophical and interpretive analysis, the book aims to develop a new aesthetics of embodied experience that is attuned to a new age of predictive technology and metabolic capitalism.

March 2023

Counter-Dancing Digitality: On Commoning and Computation

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Author: Shintaro Miyazaki

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2023

Digitality is imposed upon us! To change this, we should not turn away from it, but look carefully into its transformative power and make operable alternatives such as counter-algorhythms and solidarity-oriented commoning. The aim is a world where profit and property no longer exist, but instead where a cooperative dance – between all the needs posed by our ecosystems, and all the needs of people – becomes practicable. This book is a critical media theory of future-building, modulated by a focus on the potentials of counter-dancing as providing ways to unfold fugitive practices.

February 2023

Preferable Futures

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Editor: Irina Kaldrack

Editor: Rolf F. Nohr

Preferable Futures delves into the question of possible, probable, and desirable futures amidst the pressures of climate change and digitalization. Through a diverse range of perspectives, the book explores ways to negotiate and create desirable futures using the concept of transformation design in theory and practice, economic business simulations, and recent humanistic theories. This thought-provoking read challenges us to imagine and (re)shape a future we cannot predict and find ways to make a difference right now.

Kritik postdigital

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Editor: Laura Hille

Editor: Daniela Wentz

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2023

Die realpolitische Affirmation der Universalität des Digitalen geht mit einer regelrechten Abwehr der kritischen Reflexion seiner scheinbaren Axiome einher. Umso dringlicher ist es zu fragen: Was sind die Bedingungen und Möglichkeiten von Kritik am Digitalen und seiner Kulturen? Wie lässt sich die drängende Notwendigkeit politischer Haltung und kritischer Praxis mit einem wissenschaftlichen Einsatz verbinden, der die Eigengesetzlichkeiten des Digitalen ernst nimmt? Die Beiträge in Kritik postdigital begegnen diesen Herausforderungen aus sozial-, medienwissenschaftlicher und philosophischer Perspektive.

October 2022

Records of Disaster: Media Infrastructures and Climate Change

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Author: Solveig Qu Suess

Author: Gabriele Schabacher

Author: Susan Schuppli

Author: Marie Sophie Beckmann

Author: Charlotte Bolwin

Author: Katrin Köppert

Author: Armin Linke

Editor: Petra Löffler

Editor: Jakob Claus

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2022

Records of Disasters: Media Infrastructures and Climate Change explores how environmental disasters manifest and inscribe themselves in infrastructures. By turning to infrastructures, their logic and functioning, collapse and malfunction, the volume reveals their potential as fragile material witnesses to and of disasters. As climate change is unequally distributed across continuous dynamics and events, time scales and spatial registers, infrastructures can be understood as proxies or seismographs mediating different spatio-temporal layers that make these dynamics tangible. Disaster is made operational by negotiating what is defined as such, and under which geopolitical conditions. What connects melting glaciers and the knowledge from ice cores to the mapping of the ocean floor and the extraction of resources in the deep-sea? How can infrastructures be thought in time and “critical proximity”, and how do they bear witness to colonial pasts and presents? The volume proposes an analytical perspective on infrastructures as multi-layered witnesses to climate change, bringing together scientific and artistic approaches, students and scholars from different disciplines.

September 2022

Guantánamo Frames

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Author: Rebecca Boguska

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2022

For the last twenty years, the Guantánamo Bay detention camp has not just been a military prison and security facility, but also a site of media production. Films, photographs, and documents have continued to emerge from the camp and become the focus of fierce legal and political battles, as well as intense moral anguish. This book looks at how the US Department of Defense has struggled, and often failed, to control the public perception of these media objects through complex, layered framing devices. It traces how small ruptures in the Department’s framings have provided openings for critical interventions from various fields – ranging from journalism and human rights law to the arts. Guantánamo Frames thus lays the groundwork for a critical reappraisal of the entanglement of media, violence, and the security state in a broader sense.

Nonconscious: On the Affective Synching of Mind and Machine

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Author: Marie-Luise Angerer

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2022

Growing numbers of nonhuman companions are creating affective synching between human and nonhuman agency. Unlike the unconscious of psychoanalysis, this book argues, the resulting nonconscious is no longer coupled to a subject grounded in language, instead acting as an affective link between technical, mental, and physical processes.

August 2022


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Author: Joshua Neves

Author: Aleena Chia

Author: Susanna Paasonen

Author: Ravi Sundaram

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2022

Technopharmacology is a modest call to expand media theoretical inquiry by attending to the biological, neurological, and pharmacological dimensions of media and centers on emergent affinities between big data and big pharma.

June 2022

Fahrradutopien: Medien, Ästhetiken und Aktivismus

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Author: Julia Bee

Author: Linda Keck

Author: Markus Stauff

Author: Ulrike Bergermann

Author: Sarah Sander

Author: Herbert Schwaab

Author: Franzi Wagner

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2022

Das Fahrrad ist ein Medium sozialer Veränderung. Seine vielfältigen utopischen Potenziale ergeben sich nicht zuletzt aus seinen ebenso vielfältigen und häufig übersehenen medialen Qualitäten: Es vermittelt, es verbindet, es übersetzt; es modifiziert Wahrnehmung und Organisation von Raum und Zeit, von Körpern und von Sozialität. Umgekehrt kann auch das medienwissenschaftliche Denken fahrradmedial verändert werden. Das Fahrrad ist nicht nur Medium des sozialen und ökologischen Wandels: Radfahren eröffnet Perspektiven, verändert Räume, lässt neue Relationen entstehen und teilt Handlungsmacht neu auf.

Fahrradutopien denkt vom Fahrrad aus und ergänzt dabei bestehende Ansätze zur Mobilitätsforschung um medienkulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven. Die Beiträge verbinden Medienwissenschaften und Forschungen zu Fahrradaktivismus mit der Liebe zum Radfahren. Fokussiert werden Fahrradfilme und -vlogs, Verkehr und Infrastrukturen, Virtuelle Realität und Fahrrad, Fahrradkollektive und Fahrradfeminismus.

April 2022

Foucault, digital

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Author: Henning Schmidgen

Author: Bernhard J. Dotzler

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2022

Mitte der 1960er Jahre hat Michel Foucault die Methode der „Diskursanalyse“ in die Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften eingeführt. Besonders in der Archäologie des Wissens hat er dafür plädiert, die Geschichte des Wissens und der Wissenschaften zum Gegenstand diskursanalytischer Untersuchungen zu machen. Über ein halbes Jahrhundert später ist im Bereich der Informatik ein zunehmendes Interesse an der Diskursanalyse zu verzeichnen. In der Regel spielt Foucault dabei aber keine Rolle. Fern von jeder Archäologie setzen auch die Digital Humanities vermehrt auf die Analyse von historischen und gegenwärtigen Diskursen. Angesichts dieser Konjunkturen ist es an der Zeit, die Archäologie des Wissens neu zu lesen. Denn schon 1968 behauptete der französische Historiker Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie „Der zukünftige Historiker wird Programmierer sein, oder er wird nicht sein.“ Ein Jahr später gibt Foucault mit seinem Buch auf eben diese Herausforderung eine ebenso informierte wie nuancierte Antwort. Diese Antwort ist in ihrer Aktualität und Relevanz erst noch zu entdecken.

March 2022

Uexküll’s Surroundings: Umwelt Theory and Right-Wing Thought

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Author: Gottfried Schnödl

Author: Florian Sprenger

Translator: Michael Thomas Taylor

Translator: Wayne Yung

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2022

With its diversity of possible Umwelten or environments for living things, Jakob von Uexküll’s Umwelt theory has been hailed by many readers as the first step toward an innovative, pluralistic conception of nonhuman life. But what is generally ignored is its structural conservatism, its identitarian logic in which everything should remain in its place and nothing should mix, and its proximity to Nazi ideology and politics. By turning the spotlight on these neglected aspects, Uexküll’s Surroundings opens up a new perspective on Uexküll’s Umwelt theory.

December 2021

Who Owns the Images?: The Paradox of Archives, between Commercialization, Free Circulation and Respect

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Editor: Sylvie Lindeperg

Editor: Ania Szczepanska

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2021

Digitization carries the utopian promise of archival access unlimited by constraints of space and time, and with it, of new forms of research and historiographies. In reality, digital image archives pose a complex set of technical, legal, ethical and methodological challenges, particularly for film and media studies and adjacent fields. In a series of studies and interviews with practitioners, scholars and theorists, this volume draws a detailed map of these challenges and offers perspectives for further research and creative practice.

October 2021

Uexkülls Umgebungen: Umweltlehre und rechtes Denken

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Author: Florian Sprenger

Author: Gottfried Schnödl

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2021

Die Lehre Jakob von Uexkülls wird oft mit anerkennendem Blick auf die Vielfalt möglicher Umwelten und als erster Schritt zu einem anderen, pluralen Nachdenken über nicht-menschliche Lebensformen gelesen. Ihr struktureller Konservatismus, ihre identitäre Logik, nach welcher alles an seinem Platz bleiben und sich nichts vermischen soll, und ihre Nähe zum Nationalsozialismus bleiben dabei in aller Regel außen vor. Uexkülls Umgebungen stellt diese Fragen ins Zentrum und eröffnet damit einen neuen Blick auf Uexkülls Umweltlehre.

Media and Management

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Author: Julie Yujie Chen

Author: Rutvica Andrijasevic

Author: Melissa Gregg

Author: Marc Steinberg

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2021

Management is enabled by media, just as media give life to management. Studying the management innovations learned through media uncovers the evolving relationship between workers and employers. With a view to history, Media and Management shows the interdependence of hardware, software, and human experience adjusting to algorithmically defined rhythms.

July 2021

Really Fake

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Author: Alexandra Juhasz

Author: Ganaele Langlois

Author: Nishant Shah

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2021

With anchors in feminist theory, queer discourse, and digital politics, Really Fake rescues “fakeness” from the morass of “fake news” and rejuvenates “fake” as a material and tactical reality. This book treats fakeness as a media object itself: “Fakes” are things that travel and circulate through our bodies, sociality, and the technologies that envelop them. Punctuated with anecdotes, experiences, poetry, stories, and a strong feminist ethic and ethos of care, intimacy, and collectivity, Really Fake offers a series of entry points into reframing the debates of fakeness beyond polarized positions of performative outrage.

June 2021

Tactical Entanglements: AI Art, Creative Agency, and the Limits of Intellectual Property

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Author: Martin Zeilinger

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2021

How do artistic experiments with artificial intelligence problematize human-centered notions of creative agency, authorship, and ownership? Offering a wide-ranging discussion of contemporary digital art practices, philosophical and technical considerations of AI, posthumanist thought, and emerging issues of intellectual property and the commons, this book is firmly positioned against the anthropomorphic spectacle of “creative AI.” It proposes instead the concept of the posthumanist agential assemblage, and invites readers to consider what new types of creative practice, what reconfigurations of the author function, and what critical interventions become possible when AI art provokes tactical entanglements between aesthetics, law, and capital.

Undoing Networks

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Author: Tero Karppi

Author: Clara Wieghorst

Author: Urs Stäheli

Author: Lea P. Zierott

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2021

How do we think beyond the dominant images and imaginaries of connectivity? Undoing Networks enables a different connectivity: “digital detox” is a luxury for stressed urbanites wishing to lead a mindful life. Self-help books advocate “digital minimalism” to recover authentic experiences of the offline. Artists envision a world without the internet. Activists mobilize against the expansion of the 5G network.

If connectivity brought us virtual communities, information superhighways, and participatory culture, disconnection comes with privacy tools, Faraday shields, and figures of the shy. This book explores non-usage and the “right to disconnect” from work and from the excessive demands of digital capitalism.

May 2021

Touchscreen Archaeology: Tracing Histories of Hands-On Media Practices

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Author: Wanda Strauven

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2021

The touchscreen belongs to a century-long history of hands-on media practices and touchable art objects. This media-archaeological excavation examines the nature of our sensual involvement with media and invites the reader to think about the touchscreen beyond its technological implications. In six chapters, the book questions and historicizes both aspects of the touchscreen, considering “touch” as a media practice and “screen” as a touchable object.

March 2021

Earth and Beyond in Tumultuous Times: A Critical Atlas of the Anthropocene

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Author: Marie Heinrichs

Author: Tomás J. Usón

Author: Jakob Claus

Author: Jörg Dünne

Author: Hannah Schmedes

Editor: Réka Patrícia Gál

Editor: Petra Löffler

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2021

Earth and Beyond in Tumultuous Times offers a critical exploration of the Anthropocene concept. It addresses the urgent geopolitical and environmental questions raised by the new geological epoch. How are we to rethink landscapes, such as river deltas, oceans, or outer space? How can we create spaces for resistance and utopic dreaming? This volume confronts these questions by charting how space and place are constructed, deconstructed, and negotiated by humans and non-humans under conditions of globally entangled consumption, movement, and contamination. The essays in this volume are complemented by artistic interventions that offer a poetics for a harmed planet and the numerous worlds it contains.

Earth and Beyond in Tumultuous Times is part of the series Future Ecologies dedicated to rethink the multiple ecologies that flourish and struggle on Earth and beyond.

Aesthetic Experience of Metabolic Processes

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Author: Desiree Förster

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2021

Simultaneously speculative and inspired by everyday experiences, this volume develops an aesthetics of metabolism that offers a new perspective on the human-environment relation, one that is processual, relational, and not dependent on conscious thought. In art installations, design prototypes, and research-creation projects that utilize air, light, or temperature to impact subjective experience the author finds aesthetic milieus that shift our awareness to the role of different sense modalities in aesthetic experience. Metabolic and atmospheric processes allow for an aesthetics besides and beyond the usually dominant visual sense.

Aesthetic Experience of Metabolic Processes is part of the series Future Ecologies dedicated to rethink the multiple ecologies that flourish and struggle on Earth and beyond.

December 2020

Pandemic Media: Preliminary Notes Toward an Inventory

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Author: Yvonne Zimmermann

Author: Kester Dyer

Author: Jaap Verheul

Author: Rebecca Williams

Author: Leonie Zilch

Author: Marijke de Valck

Author: Ada Ackerman

Author: Neta Alexander

Author: Meredith A. Bak

Author: Marie-Aude Baronian

Author: Ulrike Bergermann

Author: Amrita Biswas

Author: Teresa Castro

Author: Didi Cheeka

Author: Michelle Cho

Author: Shane Denson

Author: Guilherme da Silva Machado

Author: Kerim Dogruel

Author: Stefanie Duguay

Author: Christoph Engemann

Author: Karin Fleck

Author: Bishnupriya Ghosh

Author: Sophia Gräfe

Author: Malte Hagener

Author: Florian Hoof

Author: Marek Jancovic

Author: Alice Leroy

Author: Juan Llamas-Rodriguez

Author: John Mowitt

Author: Joshua Neves

Author: Alexandra Schneider

Author: Benjamín Schultz-Figueroa

Author: Diego Semerene

Author: Felix M. Simon

Author: Abby S. Waysdorf

Author: Marc Steinberg

Author: Wanda Strauven

Editor: Vinzenz Hediger

Editor: Laliv Melamed

Editor: Antonio Somaini

Editor: Philipp Dominik Keidl

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2020

With its unprecedented scale and consequences the COVID-19 pandemic has generated a variety of new configurations of media. Responding to demands for information, synchronization, regulation, and containment, these “pandemic media” reorder social interactions, spaces, and temporalities, thus contributing to a reconfiguration of media technologies and the cultures and polities with which they are entangled. Highlighting media’s adaptability, malleability, and scalability under the conditions of a pandemic, the contributions to this volume track and analyze how media emerge, operate, and change in response to the global crisis and provide elements toward an understanding of the post-pandemic world to come.

Ein Medium namens McLuhan: 37 Befragungen eines Klassikers

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Author: Hartmut Winkler

Author: Fred Turner

Author: Christina Vagt

Author: Arie Altena

Author: Marie-Luise Angerer

Author: Benjamin Beil

Author: Klaus Benesch

Author: Peter Bexte

Author: Richard Cavell

Author: Jan Distelmeyer

Author: Bernhard J. Dotzler

Author: Wolfgang Ernst

Author: Petra Gehring

Author: Olga Goriunova

Author: Baruch Gottlieb

Author: Wolfgang Hagen

Author: Orit Halpern

Author: Karin Harrasser

Author: Jens Hauser

Author: Stefan Heidenreich

Author: Ute Holl

Author: Derrick de Kerckhove

Author: Martina Leeker

Author: Petra Löffler

Author: Shannon Mattern

Author: Dieter Mersch

Author: Stefan Münker

Author: Benjamin Peters

Author: John Durham Peters

Author: Claus Pias

Author: Markus Rautzenberg

Author: Stefan Rieger

Author: Katja Rothe

Author: Kerstin Schmidt

Author: Jens Schröter

Author: Erhard Schüttpelz

Author: Florian Sprenger

Editor: Martina Leeker

Editor: Peter Bexte

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2020

„If you don‘t like my arguments, I‘ve got some more.“ (Marshall McLuhan) Wie aber steht es um den Klassiker der Medienwissenschaften im 21. Jahrhundert? Diese Frage diskutieren 37 zeitgenössische Medienwissenschaftler_innen. Ihre Antworten stehen in einem reizvollen Kontrast zu Interviews, die 2007 entstanden und jetzt online zugänglich gemacht worden sind. Viele der ursprünglich Befragten sind erneut beteiligt, neue Stimmen kamen hinzu. Dabei zeigt sich im Vergleich: Die Medienwissenschaften sind diverser geworden, und manche Zukunftserwartung wurde drastisch revidiert.

High Definition: Medienphilosophisches Image Processing

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Author: Elisa Linseisen

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2020

Dieses Buch zoomt in informationsreiche und pixeldichte Welten in HD. Digitalbildliche Hochauflösung ist hier ein Potenzial, das es ermöglicht, mit und an Bildern Wirklichkeit zu erforschen und zu befragen. Dokumentarfilme, Videokunstarbeiten, Galaxiefotografien, Blockbuster, Pressebilder und Netflix-Serien bestellen diese visuelle Kultur in HD und zeigen auf, dass Bilder und Wirklichkeit nicht in fixierten Rahmen sitzen, sondern im Prozess werden. HD heißt Image Processing. Lässt man sich darauf ein, entfaltet sich das Angebot, mit HD zu denken und sich vom Denken der Bildprozesse mitreißen zu lassen.

November 2020

Affective Transformations: Politics – Algorithms – Media

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Author: Jean Clam

Author: Andrew Ross

Author: Paul Stenner

Author: Marie-Luise Angerer

Author: Pierre Cassou-Noguès

Author: Mathias Fuchs

Author: Gabriele Gramelsberger

Author: Irina Kaldrack

Author: Dawid Kasprowicz

Author: Oliver Leistert

Author: Michaela Ott

Author: Markus Rautzenberg

Editor: Serjoscha Wiemer

Editor: Bernd Bösel

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2020

The Affective Turn has lost its former innocence and euphoria. Affect Studies and its adjacent disciplines have now to prove that they can cope with the return of the affective real that technology, economy, and politics entail.

Two seemingly contradictory developments serve as starting points for this volume. First, technological innovations such as affective computing, mood tracking, sentiment analysis, and social robotics all share a focus on the recognition and modulation of human affectivity. Affect gets measured, calculated, controlled. Secondly, recent developments in politics, social media usage, and right-wing journalism have contributed to a conspicuous rise of hate speech, cybermobbing, public shaming, “felt truths,” and resentful populisms. In a very specific way, politics as well as power have become affective.

Affect gets mobilized, fomented, unleashed. When the ways we deal with our affectivity get unsettled in such a dramatic fashion, we have to rethink our ethical, aesthetical, political as well as legal regimes of affect organization.

August 2020

Action at a Distance

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Author: Florian Sprenger

Author: John Durham Peters

Author: Christina Vagt

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2020

The mediality of transmission and the materiality of communication result today more than ever in “acting at a distance” – an action whose agency lies in a medium. This book provides an overview into this crucial phenomenon, thereby introducing urgent questions of human interaction, the binding and breaking of time and space, and the entanglement of the material and the immaterial. Three vivid inquiries deal with histories and theories of mediality and materiality.

February 2020

Format Matters: Standards, Practices, and Politics in Media Cultures

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Author: Julian Thomas

Author: Antonio Somaini

Author: Markus Stauff

Author: Wanda Strauven

Author: Erika Balsom

Author: Oliver Fahle

Author: Florian Hoof

Author: Elisa Linseisen

Author: Ramon Lobato

Author: Roland Meyer

Author: Kalani Michell

Editor: Axel Volmar

Editor: Alexandra Schneider

Editor: Marek Jancovic

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2020

From TIFF files to TED talks, from book sizes to blues stations—the term “format” circulates in a staggering array of contexts and applies to entirely dissimilar objects and practices. How can such a pliable notion meaningfully function as an instrument of classification in so many industries and scientific communities? Comprising a wide range of case studies on the standards, practices, and politics of formats from scholars of photography, film, radio, television, and the Internet, Format Matters charts the many ways in which formats shape and are shaped by past and present media cultures. This volume represents the first sustained collaborative effort to advance the emerging field of format studies.

December 2019

Medium, Format, Configuration: The Displacements of Film

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Author: Benoît Turquety

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2019

In contrast with media constructed as vast, ontologically homogeneous, non-localized systems, formats show material networks of interoperability and exclusions, inscribed in local specificities, and involving precise conditions for the circulation of images and sounds. Formats, institutionalized as standards, frame the “technical networks” defined by Gilbert Simondon, that unfold technical objects into economically and politically structured webs that cover the world. Media are always formatted and, as such, do not flow: they are displaced.

November 2019


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Author: Timon Beyes

Author: Lisa Conrad

Author: Reinhold Martin

Afterword by: Ned Rossiter

Afterword by: Geert Lovink

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2019

Digital media technologies re-pose the question of organization—and thus of power and domination, control and surveillance, disruption and emancipation. This book interrogates organization as effect and condition of media. How can we understand the recursive relationship between media and organization? How can we think, explore, critique—and perhaps alter—the organizational bodies and scripts that shape contemporary life?

September 2019

Tracks from the Crypt

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Author: John Mowitt

Introduction by: Vinzenz Hediger

Introduction by: Rebecca Boguska

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2019

David Bowie’s 2015 Blackstar has been understood by critics and fans alike to have a certain valedictory status. For them, perhaps for us, it is a 39-minute and 13-second farewell. A long goodbye. My angle is different. By situating the Bowie/Renck collaboration on “Lazarus” in the context of a meditation on the question once posed by Georg Stanitzek, “Was ist Kommunikation?” I consider the CD and the video as experiments in re-configuration. More specifically, by thinking about the distinctly cinematic iteration of the question of communication (citing here Captain’s “what we have here is … failure to communicate” from Cool Hand Luke) I propose that mediated communication embodies the Ich/Es modality of dialogue disparaged by Martin Buber. What this invites us to consider is whether “Lazarus” in particular isn’t the generation of an audiovisual tombeau from which or out of which communication strains are to be heard. Is it “saying” farewell? Is it “saying” anything? By drawing on Jacques Derrida’s appropriation of the crypt in the work of Abraham and Torok, I propose that “Lazarus” manages (and the feat is neither small nor insignificant) to communicate nothing. In effect, “Lazarus” is the very sound, not of a failure to communicate, but of a “speaking” emptied of what protects it from mediation. Here, Bowie’s gnomic persona assumes a political valence not typically ascribed to it.

Beyond the Flow: Scholarly Publications During and After the Digital

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Author: Niels-Oliver Walkowski

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2019

In the wake of the so-called digital revolution numerous attempts have been made to rethink and redesign what scholarly publications can or should be. Beyond the Flow examines the technologies as well as narratives driving this unfolding transformation. By unpacking the confusion, heterogeneity and uncertainty that is surrounding scholarly publishing today the book asks for how a sustainable post-digital publishing ecology can be imagined.

August 2019


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Author: Andrew Lison

Author: Marcell Mars

Author: Tomislav Medak

Author: Rick Prelinger

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2019

Archives have become a nexus in the wake of the digital turn. This book sets out to show how expanded archival practices can challenge contemporary conceptions and inform the redistribution of power and resources. Calling for the necessity to reimagine the potentials of archives in practice, the three contributions ask: Can archives fulfill their paradoxical potential as utopian sites in which the analog and the digital, the past and future, and remembrance and forgetting commingle?

April 2019


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Author: Ioana B. Jucan

Author: Jussi Parikka

Author: Rebecca Schneider

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2019

In a world undergoing constant media-driven change, the infrastructures, materialities, and temporalities of remains have become urgent. This book engages with the remains and remainders of media cultures through the lens both of theater and performance studies and of media archaeology. By taking “remain” as a verb, noun, state, and process of becoming, the authors explore the epistemological, social, and political implications.

January 2019


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Author: Armin Beverungen

Author: Philip Mirowski

Author: Edward Nik-Khah

Author: Jens Schröter

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2019

Markets abound in media—but a media theory of markets is still emerging. Anthropology offers media archaeologies of markets, and the sociology of markets and finance unravels how contemporary financial markets have witnessed a media technological arms race. Building on such work, this volume brings together key thinkers of economic studies with German media theory, describes the central role of the media specificity of markets in new detail and inflects them in three distinct ways. Nik-Khah and Mirowski show how the denigration of human cognition and the concomitant faith in computation prevalent in contemporary market-design practices rely on neoliberal conceptions of information in markets. Schröter confronts the asymmetries and abstractions that characterize money as a medium and explores the absence of money in media. Beverungen situates these inflections and gathers further elements for a politically and historically attuned media theory of markets concerned with contemporary phenomena such as high-frequency trading and cryptocurrencies.


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Author: Paula Bialski

Author: Finn Brunton

Author: Mercedes Bunz

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2019

Contemporary communication puts us not only in conversation with one another but also with our machinery. Machine communication—to communicate not just via but also with machines—is therefore the focus of this volume. Diving into digital communications history, Finn Brunton brings to the fore the alienness of computational communication by looking at network timekeeping, automated trolling, and early attempts at communication with extraterrestrial life. Picking up this fascination with inhuman communication, Mercedes Bunz then performs a close reading of interaction design and interfaces to show how technology addresses humans (as very young children). Finally, Paula Bialski shares her findings from a field study of software development, analyzing the communicative forms that occur when code is written by separate people. Today, communication unfolds merely between two or more conscious entities but often includes an invisible third party. Inspired by this drastic shift, this volume uncovers new meanings of what it means “to communicate.”


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Author: Thomas Patrick Pringle

Author: Gertrud Koch

Author: Bernard Stiegler

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2019

In contrast with media constructed as vast, ontologically homogeneous, non-localized systems, formats show material networks of interoperability and exclusions, inscribed in local specificities, and involving precise conditions for the circulation of images and sounds. Formats, institutionalized as standards, frame the “technical networks” defined by Gilbert Simondon, that unfold technical objects into economically and politically structured webs that cover the world. Media are always formatted and, as such, do not flow: they are displaced.

November 2018

Ferocious Logics: Unmaking the Algorithm

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Author: Luke Munn

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2018

Contemporary power manifests in the algorithmic. And yet this power seems incomprehensible: understood as code, it becomes apolitical; understood as a totality, it becomes overwhelming. This book takes an alternate approach, using it to unravel the operations of Uber and Palantir, Airbnb and Amazon Alexa. Moving off the whiteboard and into the world, the algorithmic must negotiate with frictions—the ‘merely’ technical routines of distributing data and running tasks coming together into broader social forces that shape subjectivities, steer bodies, and calibrate relationships. Driven by the imperatives of capital, the algorithmic exhausts subjects and spaces, a double move seeking to both exhaustively apprehend them and exhaust away their productivities. But these on-the-ground encounters also reveal that force is never guaranteed. The irreducibility of the world renders logic inadequate and control gives way to contingency.

Pattern Discrimination

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Author: Hito Steyerl

Author: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Author: Clemens Apprich

Author: Florian Cramer

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2018

Algorithmic identity politics reinstate old forms of social segregation—in a digital world, identity politics is pattern discrimination. It is by recognizing patterns in input data that Artificial Intelligence algorithms create bias and practice racial exclusions thereby inscribing power relations into media. How can we filter information out of data without reinserting racist, sexist, and classist beliefs?

April 2018

Non-Knowledge and Digital Cultures

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Author: Christoph Wulf

Author: Paula Bialski

Author: Jeannie Moser

Author: Claus Pias

Author: Alexandre Monnin

Author: Timon Beyes

Editor: Matthias Koch

Editor: Martina Leeker

Editor: Andreas Bernard

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2018

Making available massive amounts of data that are generated, distributed, and modeled, digital media provide us with the possibility of abundant information and knowledge. This possibility has been attracting various scenarios in which technology either eliminates non-knowledge or plants it deep within contemporary cultures through the universal power and opacity of algorithms. This volume comprises contributions from media studies, literary studies, sociology, ethnography, anthropology, and philosophy to discuss non-knowledge as an important concept for understanding contemporary digital cultures.

Ökologien der Erde: Zur Wissensgeschichte und Aktualität der Gaia-Hypothese

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Author: Alexander Friedrich

Author: Petra Löffler

Author: Niklas Schrape

Author: Florian Sprenger

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2018

Ökologien der Erde bestimmen die Gegenwart. Dabei gewinnt die in den 1970er Jahren von James Lovelock gemeinsam mit Lynn Margulis entwickelte Gaia-Theorie heute neue Erklärungskraft. Wenn Gaia bei Bruno Latour sogar zum allgemeinen Modell der Welterklärung im 21. Jahrhundert wird, gilt es, nach der Plausibilität zu fragen, die die Rede von Gaia aktuell entwickelt. Die vier Beiträge des Bandes geben hierauf eine Antwort, indem sie die metaphorologischen und begriffshistorischen Linien der Gaia-Theorie nachzeichnen und ihren Bezug auf zeitgenössische Computersimulationen in den Blick nehmen. So wird der gegenwärtige Ort des Wiederauflebens Gaias deutlich – und damit die Verschränkung von kybernetischen und organizistischen Ökologien mit der Annahme einer Programmierbarkeit von Umgebungen.

Unterwachen und Schlafen: Anthropophile Medien nach dem Interface

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Author: Suzana Alpsancar

Author: Kevin Liggieri

Author: Anna Tuschling

Editor: Michael Andreas

Editor: Dawid Kasprowicz

Editor: Stefan Rieger

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2018

Anthropophile Medien durchdringen zunehmend unsere lebensweltliche Realität, sei es im Ambient Assisted Living, als Pflegeassistenzsysteme, in den Arbeitsszenarien einer Industrie 4.0, als behagliche Interfaces des Affective Computing oder als Lifetracker der Quantified-Self-Bewegung. Verbunden ist damit der Einzug menschlicher Befindlichkeiten, Werte und sozialer Routinen in das Design medialer Agencies. Über 40 Jahre nach dem Erscheinen von Michel Foucaults “Surveiller et punir” gerät damit auch dessen Kritikbegriff ins Wanken. An die Stelle von “Überwachen und Strafen” tritt “Unterwachen und Schlafen”. Unterwachen und Schlafen stellt nicht das theoretische Programm einer vollautomatisierten Lebenswelt in Aussicht, sondern das Konstrukt einer nunmehr medialen Umsetzung anthropologischer Grundelemente wie Autonomie, Freiheit oder Vertrauen.

January 2018

Von Open Access zu Open Science: Zum Wandel digitaler Kulturen der wissenschaftlichen Kommunikation

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Author: Christian Heise

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2018

Mit der Digitalisierung geht der Ruf nach freiem Zugang zu wissenschaftlichen Forschungsergebnissen und einer Öffnung des Forschungsprozesses einher. Open Access und Open Science sind die Leitbegriffe dieses Transformationsprozesses, der von den einen euphorisch begrüßt und von den anderen heftig abgelehnt wird. Auf der Grundlage einer quantitativen Erhebung und eines reflexiven Experiments gibt das Buch Einblick in die aktuellen Debatten über die Chancen aber auch Hindernisse der Öffnung der Wissenschaften.

November 2017

Interventions in Digital Cultures: Technology, the Political, Methods

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Author: Ulrike Bergermann

Author: Kat Jungnickel

Author: Steve Kurtz

Author: Fred Turner

Author: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Author: Alexander R. Galloway

Editor: Tobias Schulze

Editor: Martina Leeker

Editor: Howard Caygill

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2017

How to intervene? Interventions are in vogue in digital cultures as forms of critique or political actions into public spheres. By engaging in social, political, and economic contexts, interventions attempt to interrupt and change situations—often with artistic means. This volume maps methods of interventions under the specific conditions of the digital. How are interventions shaped by these conditions? And how can they contribute to altering them? In essays and interviews, this book interrogates modes of intervening in and through art, infrastructures, techno-ecological environments, bio-technology, and political protests to highlight their potentials as well as their ambivalences.

October 2017

Interferences and Events: On Epistemic Shifts in Physics through Computer Simulations

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Author: Frank Pasemann

Author: Hans-Jörg Rheinberger

Author: Arianna Borrelli

Author: Hans De Raedt

Author: Wolfgang Hagen

Author: Lukas Mairhofer

Author: Mira Maiwöger

Author: Kristel Michielsen

Editor: Martin Warnke

Editor: Anne Dippel

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2017

Computer simulations are omnipresent media in today’s knowledge production. For scientific endeavors such as the detection of gravitational waves and the exploration of subatomic worlds, simulations are essential; however, the epistemic status of computer simulations is rather controversial as they are neither just theory nor just experiment. Therefore, computer simulations have challenged well-established insights and common scientific practices as well as our very understanding of knowledge. This volume contributes to the ongoing discussion on the epistemic position of computer simulations in a variety of physical disciplines, such as quantum optics, quantum mechanics, and computational physics. Originating from an interdisciplinary event, it shows that accounts of contemporary physics can constructively interfere with media theory, philosophy, and the history of science.

Medien verstehen: Marshall McLuhans Understanding Media

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Author: Jana Mangold

Author: Rainer Leschke

Author: Lorenz Engell

Author: Florian Sprenger

Author: Gabriele Schabacher

Author: Petra Löffler

Author: Martina Leeker

Author: Marie-Luise Angerer

Editor: Jens Schröter

Editor: Till A. Heilmann

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2017

Medien in ihrer historischen und technischen Vielfalt zu verstehen, das war das Versprechen, das Marshall McLuhan vor über fünfzig Jahren mit Understanding Media gegeben hatte. Unsere digital veränderte Gegenwart erfordert, das Buch heute erneut zu lesen und vor dem Hintergrund aktueller technischer Entwicklungen zu hinterfragen. Gegenstand des Sammelbandes sind u. a. McLuhans Idee von Medien als „Umwelten“, seine eigenwillige Sprache und Argumentation sowie seine Annahme der technischen Verfasstheit von Wahrnehmung.

August 2017

Profile: Interdisziplinäre Beiträge

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Author: Bettina Berendt

Author: Andreas Bernard

Author: Irina Kaldrack

Author: Nikolaus Lehner

Author: Martin Schmitt

Author: Fabian Pittroff

Author: Katja Grashöfer

Editor: Martin Degeling

Editor: Andreas Weich

Editor: Bianca Westermann

Editor: Julius Othmer

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2017

Profile haben Konjunktur. Seit der Verbreitung von Social Networking Sites sind sie alltäglicher Ort der Selbstdarstellung. Doch die Praktiken und Techniken der Profilierung sind keineswegs neu. Schon lange beschreiben Profile potentielle StraftäterInnen. Nun bestimmen sie auch die potentielle Kreditwürdigkeit.

Im Spannungsfeld zwischen Profil und Profilierung nehmen die Beiträge aus Medienwissenschaft, Soziologie, Geschichtswissenschaft und Informatik die vielschichtigen Dimensionen dieses zentralen Phänomens der digitalen Medienkultur in den Blick: Wie verändern sich Bedeutung und Bewertung des Profil-Begriffs? Wie stehen Profile in Zusammenhang mit Subjektivierung und Machtkonstellationen? Welche Wechselwirkungen zwischen Profilen und Privatheit sind gegenwärtig relevant?

May 2017

Ecology of Affect: Intensive Milieus and Contingent Encounters

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Author: Marie-Luise Angerer

Translator: Gerrit Jackson

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2017

The way we conceive the human today is particularly affected by the shifts in media technology during the 20th century. Affect emerges as the new liminal concept that renders the body compatible in novel ways with the technology and politics of media. By ways of a relational reorganization the organic end technological life is condensed in a new, intense way to an ecology of affects.

Affektökologie: Intensive Milieus und zufällige Begegnungen

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Author: Marie-Luise Angerer

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2017

Das Denken des Humanen wird in besonderer Weise von den medientechnologischen Verschiebungen des 20. Jahrhunderts berührt. Affekt wird hier zu einem neuen Schwellenbegriff, der den Körper medientechnisch und politisch auf neue Weise anschlussfähig macht. In einer relationalen Neu-Organisation verdichtet sich das organische und technische Leben auf neue, intensive Weise zu einer Ökologie des Affektiven.

January 2017

Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary

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Author: Sam McAuliffe

Author: Veronica Vasterling

Author: Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor

Author: Rosemarie Buikema

Author: Kári Driscoll

Author: Yvonne Förster

Author: Annemie Halsema

Author: Leonard Lawlor

Author: Jacques Lezra

Author: Kiene Brillenburg Wurth

Author: Timothy O’Leary

Author: Bettina Papenburg

Author: Esther Peeren

Author: Asja Szafraniec

Author: Melanie Sehgal

Author: Sybrandt van Keulen

Editor: Birgit Mara Kaiser

Editor: Kathrin Thiele

Editor: Mercedes Bunz

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2017

This book explores the future of critique in view of our planetary condition. How are we to intervene in contemporary constellations of finance capitalism, climate change and neoliberalism? Think we must! To get to the symptoms, the book’s 38 terms ranging from affect and affirmation to world and work provide the reader with a critical toolbox to be continued. Negativity, judgment and opposition as modes of critique have run out of steam. Critique as an attitude and a manner of enquiry has not.

July 2016

Trick 17: Mediengeschichten zwischen Zauberkunst und Wissenschaft

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Author: Florian Sprenger

Author: Sebastian Vehlken

Author: Katja Müller-Helle

Author: Jan Müggenburg

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2016

Der Zauber der Medien speist sich aus ihrem Geheimnis: Den Usern von heute sind Laptop, Smartphone oder Tablet eine Blackbox, die ihre Sinne im Bann hält und die Techniktricks im Inneren hinter einer opaken Oberfläche verbirgt. Doch solche Verzauberung ist nicht neu. Umihr auf die Spur zu kommen, nähert sich dieses Buch der Mediengeschichte der Zauberei an der Schwelle zwischen magischem Moment und Ent-Täuschung. Nicht seltenfolgt einer geradezu übernatürlich wirkenden Zaubervorführung die wissenschaftliche Erklärung und Offenlegung ihrer Tricks. Ein solcher Akt der Entzauberung mag zwar magische Momente als faulen Zauber demaskieren. Er rückt dafür jedoch die Technologien der Täuschung ins Rampenlicht: Erst die Ausnutzung physikalischer Gesetze, das Konstruieren mechanischer Zauberapparate und das Spiel mit der Wahrnehmung der Zuschauer machen deren ,Verzauberung’ möglich. Sie erlaubt, die Frage nach Wissen, dem medialen Zugriff auf unsere Sinne und dem sinnlichen Zugriff auf unsere Welt erneut zu stellen.

October 2015

Citizen Lobby: From Capacity to Influence

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Author: Leif Thomas Olsen

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

The Internet holds endless opportunities for exchange and dialogue and the promise of developing a better democratic model. Day-to-day politics are largely driven by economic lobbies in the interest of what Habermas calls their „generalised particularism,“ the threat to take jobs and tax revenues elsewhere. Citizens’ influence over politicians is twofold: they are asked for their input in elections, referenda, online consultations and surveys, and citizens can initiate issues where they see political action needed. Yet these “participative forces,” including NGOs, street rallies and charities, regularly fail to reach the ears of elected politicians as effectively as those of well-funded corporate lobbies. Also, this type of voluntary engagement often falls short of presenting the kind of reasoned challenges to the incumbents—by the electorate—that Habermas’ communicative action aimed at. A more powerful model would therefore organise the efforts of the electorate in a way that both generates those reasoned arguments, which, as Habermas quite correctly pointed out differ from mere opinions, and delivers them to the elected politicians in a manner they can neither refuse nor ignore. This is what the Citizen Lobby intends to do.

September 2015

There is no Software, there are just Services

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Author: Anders Fagerjord

Author: Ned Rossiter

Author: Seth Erickson

Author: Christopher Kelty

Author: Andrew Lison

Author: Liam Magee

Author: Christoph Neubert

Author: Jussi Parikka

Editor: Martina Leeker

Editor: Irina Kaldrack

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

Is software dead? Services like Google, Dropbox, Adobe Creative Cloud, or Social Media apps are all-pervasive in our digital media landscape. This marks the (re)emergence of the service paradigm that challenges traditional business and license models as well as modes of media creation and use. The short essays in this edited collection discuss how services shift the notion of software, the cultural technique of programming, conditions of labor as well as the ecology and politics of data and how they influence dispositifs of knowledge.

Contributors: Ned Rossiter, Jussi Parikka, Christoph Neubert, Liam Magee, Andrew Lison, Christopher M. Kelty, Anders Fagerjord, and Seth Erickson.

July 2015

Introduction to a Future Way of Thought: On Marx and Heidegger

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Author: Kostas Axelos

Editor: Stuart Elden

Translator: Kenneth Mills

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

“Technologists only change the world in various ways in generalized indifference; the point is to think the world and interpret the changes in its unfathomability, to perceive and experience the difference binding being to the nothing.” Anticipating the age of planetary technology Kostas Axelos, a Greek-French philosopher, approaches the technological question in this book, first published in 1966, by connecting the thought of Karl Marx and Martin Heidegger. Marx famously declared that philosophers had only interpreted the world, but the point was to change it. Heidegger on his part stressed that our modern malaise was due to the forgetting of being, for which he thought technological questions were central. Following from his study of Marx as a thinker of technology, and foreseeing debates about globalization, Axelos recognizes that technology now determines the world. Providing an introduction to some of his major themes, including the play of the world, Axelos asks if planetary technology requires a new, a future way of thought which in itself is planetary.

Library Life: Werkstätten kulturwissenschaftlichen Forschens

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Author: Laura Meneghello

Author: Friedolin Krentel

Author: Anna Rebecca Hoffmann

Author: Katja Barthel

Author: Sebastian Brand

Author: Alexander Friedrich

Author: Jennifer Ch. Müller

Author: Christian Wilke

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

Wie und wo entsteht kulturwissenschaftliches Wissen? Im Kopf? In der Bibliothek? Am Schreibtisch? Inspiriert von den Laborstudien der Science & Technology Studies ging das Autorinnen-Kollektiv des vorliegenden Buchs diesen Fragen nach. Aufgesucht wurden die persönlichen Schreiborte von Kulturwissenschaftlerinnen verschiedener Disziplinen. In ihren Beiträgen eröffnen die Autor*innen vielfältige Perspektiven auf bislang kaum erforschte Praktiken kulturwissenschaftlicher Wissensproduktion. Hierdurch wird ein komplexes Zusammenspiel technisch-materieller, praktischer, medialer, sozialer, institutioneller, ökonomischer, politischer und ideeller Dimensionen in den Werkstätten kulturwissenschaftlichen Forschens freigelegt. Die Ergebnisse der interdisziplinär angelegten und kollaborativ erarbeiteten Studien liefern überraschende Einsichten und eröffnen weiterführende Forschungsfragen: ein Plädoyer für eine reflexive, kollaborativ-interdisziplinäre Wissenschaftspraxis.

Alleys of Your Mind: Augmented Intelligence and Its Traumas

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Author: Charles T. Wolfe

Author: Ana Teixeira Pinto

Author: Reza Negarestani

Author: Matteo Pasquinelli

Author: Ben Woodard

Author: Benjamin H. Bratton

Author: Orit Halpern

Author: Adrian Lahoud

Author: Jon Lindblom

Author: Catherine Malabou

Author: Luciana Parisi

Author: Michael Wheeler

Editor: Matteo Pasquinelli

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

What does thinking mean in the age of Artificial Intelligence? How is big-scale computation transforming the way our brains function? This collection discusses these pressing questions by looking beyond instrumental rationality. Exploring recent developments as well as examples from the history of cybernetics, the book uncovers the positive role played by errors and traumas in the construction of our contemporary technological minds. With texts by Benjamin Bratton, Orit Halpern, Adrian Lahoud, Jon Lindblom, Catherine Malabou, Reza Negarestani, Luciana Parisi, Matteo Pasquinelli, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Michael Wheeler, Charles Wolfe, and Ben Woodard.

Life and Technology: An Inquiry Into and Beyond Simondon

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Author: Jean-Hugues Barthélémy

Translator: Barnaby Norman

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

The philosophy of Gilbert Simondon has reinvigorated contemporary thinking about biological and technological beings. In this book, Jean-Hugues Barthélémy takes up Simondon’s thought and shows how life and technology are connected by a transversal theme: individuation. In the first essay, Barthélémy delivers a contemporary interpretation of Simondon’s concept of ontogenesis against the backdrop of biology and cybernetics. In the second essay, he extends his reflections to propose a non-anthropological understanding of technology, and so sets up a confrontation with the work of Martin Heidegger.

Diversity of Play

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Author: Astrid Ensslin

Author: Tanya Krzywinska

Author: Karen Palmer

Author: Markus Rautzenberg

Editor: Mathias Fuchs

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

The early days when digital games were new, harmless, and a niche are long gone. Today’s games can simulate battlefields, predict disaster, and crash markets. We are faced with a diversity of play and the ubiquity of games, making them not only a popular medium, but the leading medium of our contemporary society. Based on the keynote lectures held at DiGRA2015, “Diversity of Play” provides a critical view on the current stage of digital games from a theoretic, artistic, and practical perspective by pointing towards the uncanny, the power of “unnatural” narratives, and the exceptions and uncertainties of digital ludic environments. With an interview with Karen Palmer and essays by Astrid Ensslin, Mathias Fuchs, Tanya Krzywinska, and Markus Rautzenberg.

Digital Activism in Asia Reader

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Author: Hu Yong

Author: Merlyna Lim

Author: Sarah McKeever

Author: Prabhas Pokharel

Author: Nandini Chami

Author: Anat Ben-David

Author: Htaike Htaike Aung

Author: Maesy Angelina

Author: Tracey Cheng

Author: Armand Hurault

Author: Rachael Jolley

Author: Youngmi Kim

Author: Subhashish Panigrahi

Author: Puthiya Purayil Sneha

Author: Padmini Ray Murray

Author: Urvashi Sarkar

Author: Shobha S V

Author: YiPing Zona Tsou

Author: Huma Yusuf

Author: Weiyu Zhang

Author: Denisse Albornoz

Author: Esra’a Al Shafei

Editor: Puthiya Purayil Sneha

Editor: Sumandro Chattapadhyay

Editor: Nishant Shah

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

The digital turn might as well be marked as an Asian turn. From flash-mobs in Taiwan to feminist mobilisations in India, from hybrid media strategies of Syrian activists to cultural protests in Thailand, we see the emergence of political acts that transform the citizen from being a beneficiary of change to becoming an agent of change. In co-shaping these changes, what the digital shall be used for, and what its consequences will be, are both up for speculation and negotiation. Digital Activism in Asia marks a particular shift where these questions are no longer being refracted through the ICT4D logic, or the West’s attempts to save Asia from itself, but shaped by multiplicity, unevenness, and urgencies of digital sites and users in Asia. This reader crowd-sources critical tools, concepts, analyses, and annotations, self-identified by a network of change makers in Asia as important in their own practices within their own contexts.

The Political Structure of UK Broadcasting 1949–1999

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Author: David Elstein

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

In 1999 David Elstein delivered a lecture series examining the evolvement of UK Broadcasting policy from 1949 to 1999. His sharp analysis is a valuable contribution to the post-war development of the British broadcasting system and unfolds many topical issues in current media policy debates.

June 2015

The Cyborg: A Treatise on the Artificial Man

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Author: Antonio Caronia

Translator: Robert Booth

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

Born on the pages of science fiction comics in the 1920s and 30s, the cyborg lives in popular imagination. As hero of the cyberpunk epic, in its brief but intense history, the cyborg has followed and anticipated the rapport and conflict between man and machine.

In the post-fordist era of digital networked media the cyborg unfolds itself in the dissemination of multiple bodies: on the Internet, in the shift of individual identity, in the new collective aggregation connected by software. It bridges virtuality and concreteness, possibility and necessity. The cyborg thus becomes a field of social conflict, one of the new figures in which the bio-political perspective is embodied.

30 Years After Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory

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Author: Sven-Olov Wallenstein

Author: Anne Elisabeth Sejten

Author: Bernard Stiegler

Author: Jean-Louis Boissier

Author: Daniel Birnbaum

Author: Thierry Dufrêne

Author: Francesca Gallo

Author: Charlie Gere

Author: Antony Hudek

Author: Jean-François Lyotard

Author: Robin Mackay

Editor: Yuk Hui

Editor: Andreas Broeckmann

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

In 1985, the French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard curated a groundbreaking exhibition called Les Immatériaux at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The exhibition showed how telecommunication technologies were beginning to impact every aspect of life. At the same time, it was a material demonstration of what Lyotard called the post-modern condition. This book features a previously unpublished report by Jean-François Lyotard on the conception of Les Immatériaux and its relation to postmodernity. Reviewing the historical significance of the exhibition, his text is accompanied by twelve contemporary meditations. The philosophers, art historians, and artists analyse this important moment in the history of media and theory, and reflect on the new material conditions brought about by digital technologies in the last 30 years.

Die verschiedenen Modi der Existenz

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Author: Étienne Souriau

Translator: Thomas Wäckerle

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

„Wäre die Philosophie auch nur eine Stunde der Mühe wert, wenn sie uns nicht für das Leben rüstete?“ Gezielten Schrittes entwirft der französische Philosoph Étienne Souriau in diesem dicht gedrängten Buch eine Grammatik der Existenz. Im Fokus steht nicht nur ihre Theorie, sondern auch die tatsächliche Ausübung der „Kunst des Existierens“. Wie Gilles Deleuze und William James vertritt Souriau dabei die These eines existenziellen Pluralismus: Es gibt Phänomene, Dinge, das Virtuelle, fiktionale Wesen – die Existenz ist polyphon. Souriaus radikale Herangehensweise hat auch Bruno Latour und Isabelle Stengers entscheidend beeinflusst. In ihrer ausführlichen Einleitung zu Souriaus Text von 1943 und dem ebenfalls zum ersten Mal in deutscher Sprache veröffentlichten Vortrag „Über den Modus der Existenz des zu vollbringenden Werks“ (1956) zeigt sich eindrucksvoll die Aktualität seines Denkens.

Politik der Mikroentscheidungen: Edward Snowden, Netzneutralität und die Architekturen des Internets

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Author: Florian Sprenger

Foreword by: Christopher Kelty

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

Ob beim Aufrufen einer Webseite, beim Versenden einer E-Mail oder beim Hochfrequenzhandel an der Börse: Auf ihrem Weg durch die Weiten digitaler Netze durchqueren Bits zahlreiche Knoten, an denen eine Reihe von Mikroentscheidungen getroffen werden. Diese Entscheidungen betreffen den besten Pfad zum Ziel, die Verarbeitungsgeschwindigkeit oder die Priorität zwischen den ankommenden Paketen.

In ihrer vielschichtigen Gestalt bilden solche Mikroentscheidungen eine bislang nur marginal beachtete Dimension von Kontrolle und Überwachung im 21. Jahrhundert. Sie sind sowohl die kleinste Einheit als auch die technische Voraussetzung einer gegenwärtigen Politik digitaler Netzwerke – und des Widerstands gegen sie. Die aktuellen Debatten um Netzneutralität und Edward Snowdens Enthüllung der NSA-Überwachung bilden dabei lediglich die Spitze des Eisbergs. Auf dem Spiel steht nicht weniger als die Zukunft des Internets, wie wir es kennen.

The Politics of Micro-Decisions: Edward Snowden, Net Neutrality, and the Architectures of the Internet

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Author: Florian Sprenger

Translator: Valentine A. Pakis

Foreword by: Christopher Kelty

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

Be it in the case of opening a website, sending an email, or high-frequency trading, bits and bytes of information have to cross numerous nodes at which micro-decisions are made. These decisions concern the most efficient path through the network, the processing speed, or the priority of incoming data packets.

Despite their multifaceted nature, micro-decisions are a dimension of control and surveillance in the twenty-first century that has received little critical attention. They represent the smallest unit and the technical precondition of a contemporary network politics – and of our potential opposition to it. The current debates regarding net neutrality and Edward Snowden’s revelation of NSA surveillance are only the tip of the iceberg. What is at stake is nothing less than the future of the Internet as we know it.

January 2015

In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism

Author: Isabelle Stengers

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2015

There has been an epochal shift: the possibility of a global climate crisis is now upon us. Pollution, the poison of pesticides, the exhaustion of natural resources, falling water tables, growing social inequalities – these are all problems that can no longer be treated separately. The effects of global warming have a cumulative impact, and it is not a matter of a crisis that will “pass” before everything goes back to “normal.”

Our governments are totally incapable of dealing with the situation. Economic warfare obliges them to stick to the goal of irresponsible, even criminal, economic growth, whatever the cost. It is no surprise that people were so struck by the catastrophe in New Orleans. The response of the authorities – to abandon the poor whilst the rich were able to take shelter – is a symbol of the coming barbarism.

June 2014

Rethinking Gamification

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Author: Matthew Tiessen

Author: Felix Raczkowski

Author: Joost Raessens

Author: Niklas Schrape

Author: Paolo Ruffino

Author: Sebastian Deterding

Author: Daphne Dragona

Author: Gabriele Ferri

Author: Sonia Fizek

Author: Maxwell Foxman

Author: Scott Nicholson

Author: Thibault Philippette

Author: Fabrizio Augusto Poltronieri

Editor: Mathias Fuchs

Editor: Paolo Ruffino

Editor: Niklas Schrape

Editor: Sonia Fizek

Lüneburg: meson press eG, 2014

Gamification marks a major change to everyday life. It describes the permeation of economic, political, and social contexts by game-elements such as awards, rule structures, and interfaces that are inspired by video games. Sometimes the term is reduced to the implementation of points, badges, and leaderboards as incentives and motivations to be productive. Sometimes it is envisioned as a universal remedy to deeply transform society toward more humane and playful ends. Despite its use by corporations to manage brand communities and personnel, however, gamification is more than just a marketing buzzword. States are beginning to use it as a new tool for governing populations more effectively. It promises to fix what is wrong with reality by making every single one of us fitter, happier, and healthier. Indeed, it seems like all of society is up for being transformed into one massive game.

The contributions in this book offer a candid assessment of the gamification hype. They trace back the historical roots of the phenomenon and explore novel design practices and methods. They critically discuss its social implications and even present artistic tactics for resistance. It is time to rethink gamification!