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Andreas Broeckmann on Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:26:24 +0100 (CET)

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the following might be of interest. comments are welcome, -a

Andreas Broeckmann: "Postmedia" Discourses. A Working Paper. (2013)


The notion of "postmedia" has been the subject of debate for several decades. This text tries to highlight the main trends of those debates. My first hypothesis is that there are three different conceptions of "postmedia" which need to be looked at separately and which have to be understood as distinct: the notion of "post-mass media" (as conceptualised by Félix Guattari, Howard Slater, a.o.), the notion of the "post-medium condition" of contemporary art (Rosalind Krauss, Nicolas Bourriaud, a.o.), and the notion of the "digital as post-media" (Peter Weibel, Lev Manovich, Domenico Quaranta, a.o.). These three discourses are introduced, not with the aim of offering full, let alone critical analyses, but in order to facilitate a more differentiated approach to the notion of "postmedia". My second hypothesis is that there are significant interferences between the different conceptions of "postmedia" and that interesting insights can be gained from a comparative reading of the three discourses. At the end, I hint at some of these interferences in order to suggest epistemological vicinities and distinctions between the three concepts, and in order to mark potential starting points for a discussion between the three rather separate discourse communities.

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(The paper is 'work in progress'. Some of its ideas were first presented in a seminar at Leuphana University of Lüneburg in the spring of 2012 and at the "Unneeded Conversations" symposium at the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto (FBAUP), in May 2012. The text will be included in: Unneeded Texts, Vol.2, Porto, i2ADS, 2014 (forthcoming))

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