(Winter 2013. Print ISBN 978-1-906496-94-4; eBook ISBN 978-1-906496-95-1)
Featuring essays by Adilkno, Clemens Apprich, Alejo Duque, Gary Genosko, Michael Goddard, Félix Guattari, Brian Holmes, Felipe Fonseca, Howard Slater, Cadence Kinsey, Oliver Lerone Schultz, Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits
Félix Guattari’s visionary term ‘post-media’, coined in 1990, heralded a break with mass media’s production of conformity and the dawn of a new age of media from below. Understanding how digital convergence was remaking television, film, radio, print and telecommunications into new hybrid forms, he advocated the production of ‘enunciative assemblages’ that break with the manufacture of normative subjectivities.
In this anthology, historical texts are brought together with newly commissioned ones to explore the shifting ideas, speculative horizons and practices associated with post-media. In particular, the book seeks to explore what post-media practice might be in light of the commodification and homogenisation of digital networks in the age of Web 2.0, e-shopping and mass surveillance.
“The element of suggestion, even hypnotism, in the present relation to television will vanish. From that moment on, we can hope for a transformation of mass-media power that will overcome contemporary subjectivity, and for the beginning of a post-media era of collective-individual reappropriation and an interactive use of machines of information, communication, intelligence, art and culture.”
– Félix Guattari, Towards a Post-Media Era
Other books by Clemens Apprich, Josephine Berry Slater & Anthony Iles
Vergessene Zukunft (Forgotten Future), Radikale Netzkulturen in Europa
By Clemens Apprich & Felix Stalder
“The refreshing perspective of this anthology reveals an
alternative interpretation of Internet culture beyond the
well-known, mythologising narrative of techno-libertarianism..”
– Martin Schmitt, sehepunkte, 13/5 (2013)
Proud to be Flesh: A Mute Magazine Anthology of Cultural Politics After the Net
Co-edited by Josephine Berry Slater & Pauline van Mourik Broekman, with Michael Corris, Anthony Iles, Benedict Seymour and Simon Worthington
“Proud to be Flesh indicates […] what we might call a topological media model, one that is founded on a distributed and immersed tracking of cultural and economic antagonisms and events. Less the communication of a message, the political product here is precisely the intensive field of collective problematisation that is brought into being.”
– Nick Thoburn, New Formations
Noise and Capitalism
Co-edited by Anthony Iles and Mattin
“Yes, this book is different (in a really useful way), because its aim is to
make politics its subject just as much as music, and to see the two as fundamentally linked, hence the equal weighting (noise and capitalism).”
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As the financial crisis fastens its grip ever tighter around the means of human and natural survival, the age of the algorithm has hit full stride. This phase-shift has been a long time coming of course, and was undoubtedly as much a cause of the crisis as its effect, with self-propelling algorithmic power replacing human labour and judgement and creating event fields far below the threshold of human perception and responsiveness.