2013/2 – 'Waste'

Recent Submissions

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  • Article
    Archival gambits in recent art – What can an image do?
    Fournier, Anik (2013)
    In recent decades new technologies have increased access to and the manipulation of audio-visual material, to the point that today, reusing found footage has for many become a daily practice. Although the word ‘archive’ still continues to evoke notions of preservation, order, and authority, images circulate through increasingly pervasive mediascapes, being ripped, cut, retouched, pasted, and repurposed along the way. If the rise of neoliberal hegemony in the 1980s turned everyone into a consumer, in the early 1990s, with the introduction of the JPEG and other formats of what Hito Steyerl has called ‘poor images’, everyone became a produce.
  • Article
    Blood, sweat, and tears – Bodily inscriptions in contemporary experimental film
    Knowles, Kim (2013)
    The contemporary works discussed in this article emerge from a wider desire in experimental film to (re)discover the aesthetic and critical potential of celluloid as it shifts, to employ the terminology coined by Raymond Williams, from the dominant to the residual.
  • Review
    Colour Films in Britain
    Hanssen, Eirik Frisvold (2013)
  • Article
    Documentaries without documents? Ecocinema and the toxic
    Schoonover, Karl (2013)
    A recent wave of ecological documentaries made in the United States and Europe appear to confer with this sense that waste is something to which we are blind. These documentaries forecast an impending environmental catastrophe of trash, a future global disaster with its roots in humanity’s current unwillingness to acknowledge waste as a problem.
  • Article
    Editorial Necsus
    NECSUS Editorial Board (2013)
    Each issue of NECSUS begins with general articles which are not bound to a specific theme. Please note that we accept abstract submissions on a rolling basis throughout the year for these articles. In this issue we are extremely pleased to present a series of dynamic contributions, as always, dealing with cutting-edge topics in media studies.
  • Review
  • Article
    Media zoology and waste management – Animal energies and medianatures
    Parikka, Jussi (2013)
    In this article I will investigate the relations of media and ecology, arguing that the incorporation of nature and ecology as part of the media theoretical discourse should also be connected to the ecological contexts in which theory is being produced. This means a concretisation of media ecology in terms of its focus and topic to take into account the current eco-crisis, from perspectives related to animal studies, electronic waste, and even geology. In this sense, the argument of the text is simple: there is a concrete edge to media ecological theory, and in this instance it is elaborated through the themes of animals, waste, and mineral resources.
  • Review
    Moving data
    Gnesda, Sophie; Reichert, Ramón (2013)
  • Article
    Orbital ruins
    Parks, Lisa (2013)
    When satellites or meteorites fall back to earth they draw attention to the extraterritorial domains that extend up from the surface of the planet; through the atmosphere, stratosphere, and ionosphere, into the multiple orbital paths and out to the edges of the super-synchronous or ‘parking’ orbit, where satellites go to die.
  • Review
    Re-writing the history of the avant-garde
    Camporesi, Enrico (2013)
  • Review
  • Article
    Revisiting the voice in media and as medium – New materialist propositions
    Tiainen, Milla (2013)
    Approached with varying attention to its sensory, auditory, and signifying dimensions, over the past decades the voice has attracted repeated investigation and theorisation in research and discussions about media. The voice in media has been explored and conceptually defined by a series of undertakings, from enquiries in film studies to recent examinations of sound in the digital era. Whether overtly or more implicitly, diverse approaches both under and beyond film and media studies have also speculated about the voice itself as a medium or as involved in crucial processes of mediation. To this extent, the voice has become implicated in the very concepts of ‘media’ and ‘mediation’ – terms whose uses span a famously multi-layered range.
  • Article
    Social infomediation of news on Twitter – A French case study
    Smyrnaios, Nikos; Rieder, Bernhard (2013)
    Social infomediation is an emerging phenomenon that sees growing numbers of Internet users share and comment on news items on Facebook and Twitter. This study analyses a large sample of French-speaking Twitter users over a period of two months. First, we study some general characteristics of our sample’s usage of Twitter, such as timescale, productivity, hashtag, and URL distribution. We then compare the French online media agenda to the most shared and discussed news items in our sample in order to highlight similarities and differences. Our findings show that even though they depend on mainstream media coverage, Twitter user preferences often push political and technological stories that have been overlooked or even ignored to the forefront.
  • Article
    The tactile and the index – From the remote control to the hand-held computer, some speculative reflections on the bodies of the will
    Engell, Lorenz (2013)
    The article deals with the conception of tactility in Marshall McLuhan’s media theory and its relation to the notion of the index and the category of ‘secondness’ in the semiotic pragmatism of Charles Sanders Peirce. It shows how two different aspects of tactility in McLuhan’s work can be differentiated and, by further comparison with Michel Serres’ philosophy of the senses, how they are linked to the philosophical problem of the delegation of the will, or of the intention, from the human body to media technologies such as remote controls or computer interfaces.