User:Emily/Thematic Project/Trimester 03/09

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Mind Map

media <--> technology

information <--> non-information

human <--> non-human

medium <--> message content

medium <--> channel ( Hittle technical media theory ) -> it's the same <- Shannon )

send <--> media <--> receiver (are media in the middle) contact-dependent; past of media ecology

the logical of use the media changes the way of media --> possibilities

tool <--> product

tools as media itself (McLuhan)
tools influence on the media (Lev Manovich)

engagement <--> disengagement

Félix Guattari, Towards a Post-Media Era (1988)

in: Clemens Apprich, Josephine Berry Slater (eds.), Provocative Alloys: A Post-Media Anthology, Mute, 2013, p.26-27

French minitel --> pre-world wide web online service

collective-individual post-media —> network&interaction post mass media, in 90s the notion of media is so related to mass media

media has become something different —> new media (Manovich)

quite different with the notion of media from Greenberg

how this media work is what makes them different --> very structure, not neutral

one common --> the structure of media is really determine; medium specificity in their own

acceleration - simulation - media overkill

Rosalind Krauss, A Voyage to the North Sea

Art in the Age of the Post-Medium Condition, 1999

October art journal --> bring art criticism in serious --> inter-lecture and political (more grounded, counter discourse of Greenberg)

conceptual art, Joseph —> three chairs compare to Broodthaers museum of eagles (


parvo camera

The Medium Is the Message, Marshall McLuhan

(From The New Media Reader)

a means of control --> splitting and dividing all things
medium is the message --> in operating and practical fact <--> merely to say <--> the personal and social consequences of any medium --> of any extension of ourselves
the machine altered our relations to one another and ourselves
the essence of machine technology--> the restructuring of human work and association was shaped by the technique of fragmentation
the essence of automation technology --> integral and decentralist in depth
the "content" of any medium is always another medium (the content of speech is an actual process of thought, which is in itself nonverbal; the content of writing is speech, the written word is the content of print, and print is the content of the telegraph; electric light is pure information, it is not till the electric light is used to spell out some brand name that it is noticed as a medium)
theme --> the psychic and social consequences of the designs or patterns as they amplify or accelerate existing process.
the "message" of any medium or technology is the change of scale or pace or pattern that it introduces into human affairs.
"content" --> which could not exist without the medium --> underline that the medium is the message (the content is diverse --> ineffectual)
it is the medium shapes and controls the scale and form of human association and action
the business of processing information vs the business of making office equipment or business machines
electricity light/power --> they eliminate time and space factors in human association
extensions of man or human capability --> true social and political navigation depend upon anticipating the consequences of innovation.
configurational awareness reveals why the medium is socially the message --> the latest approach to media study considers not only the "content" but the medium and the cultural matrix within which the particular medium operates
current somnambulism --> the way people use the technological instruments determines their value vs (David Sarnoff) / --> it ignores the nature of medium
any technology could do anything but add itself on to what we already are
nothing follows from following, except change --> electricity ended sequence by making things instant --> with instant speed the cause of things began to emerge to awareness
mechanisation is achieved by fragmentation of any process and by putting the fragmented parts in a series
mechanisation in movie --> translated us beyond mechanism into the world of growth and organic interrelation
movie medium --> lineal connection to configurations
movie appeared as a world of triumphant illusions and dreams that money could buy
cubism --> give the inside outside, the top, bottom, back and front and the rest in two dimension, drops the illusion of perspective in favour of instant sensory awareness of the whole. --> medium is the message "seizing on instant total awareness"
retain some sense of the whole pattern, of form and function as a unity
typography and of print culture creating uniformity and continuity. While, in England, the grammar of print cannot help to construe the message of oral and non-written culture and institutions
money medium --> money has reorganised the sense life of peoples just because it is an extension of our sense lives  ???
transforming power of media -->the principle of progressive simplification and efficiency in any organisation or technology --> ignoring the effect of the challenge of these forms upon the response of our senses
Blake --> we become what behold
the future of modern society and the stability of its inner life depend in large part on the maintenance of an equilibrium between the strength of the techniques of communication and the capacity of the individual's own reaction.

What is not a medium

technology is not or good in itself but how we use it

Marshal McLuhan:

reading = rapid guessing

the natural of art = set a trap for people’s attention

dialogue = encounter interface with others people and situations —> violence = self-expression (quest of identity)

rear view mirror —> future

the television uses the eye and the ear, phrase of Tony Schwartz in a book called The Responsive Chord —> images is constitute by millions of this resonating particles, there is no images, no snapshots, no shutters, there’s no camera. There is an offer , an outpouring of these small bits of information in patterns that are entirely active and dynamic. So the television is resonating form experience

inside outside

putting people on —> teasing them/ challenge them/ upsetting them/ befuddling them/ hurting them

simply pointing to the thing they have ignored; the things that concern them very nearly but have been totally pushed aside as insignificant ==> advertising (has to be a certain comic element in a good advertisement)

comic is always the registration of a grievance

tv charisma —> looking like a lot of other people

radio —> a package medium, hot media (wrap up packaging media)

tv —> cool media or involving character (concerned with processes)

phonetic alphabet —> Euclidean space

left hemisphere (interested in quantity) / right hemisphere (has no bottom line, interested only in quality) acoustically-oriented

Clement Greenberg, Modernist Painting, 1960

in: Harrison/Wood, Art in Theory 1900-2000, section 17

from representation to depiction

painting about painting not landscape and people

artist become expert of specific medium

Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media

New Media