Sensing and Making Sense

Photosensitivity and Light-to-sound Translations in Media Art

Through a genealogy of photosensitive elements in media devices and artworks, this book investigates three dichotomies that impoverish debates and proposals in media art: material/immaterial, organic/machinic, and theory/practice. It combines historical and analytical approaches, through new materialism, media archaeology, cultural techniques and second-order cybernetics. Known media stories are reframed from an alternative perspective, elucidating photosensitivity as a metonymy to provide guidelines to art students, artists, curators and theoreticians – especially those who are committed to critical views of scientific and technological knowledge in aesthetic experimentations.

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18 December 2020, 264 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-5331-1

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Graziele Lautenschlaeger

Graziele Lautenschlaeger, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Deutschland

1. Why did you chose this topic?

I was intrigued on how the manifold misunderstandings around the field of media art and digital culture arise, which were frequently based on simplified dichotomous thinking, or on lack of knowledge on their scientific and technical basis. Therefore I chose an object of analysis – photosensitivity – that assisted me in deconstructing most relevant dichotomies and addressing core issues of media artworks, acknowledging simultaneously its materiality and the complex dynamics they belong to.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

It departs from issues arisen from the practice, which provides a fresh perspective regarding possibilities of consistent cross-disciplinary approaches, bridging the very technical and aesthetic layers of media artworks. It also presents an innovative method of merging theory and practice, using the creation of a performance as methodological tool, which included and acknowledged the researcher role as a subject in the research process.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

The book unfolds a fruitful dialogue with ideas from new materialism, presenting concrete examples of post-humanist practices within the media art field, and inquiring dichotomies such as material-immaterial, organic and machinic, theory and practice. Art has always been a significant reference in the history of culture to address the core issues of its corresponding societies.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

Only one person?! I would love to discuss my book with Donna Haraway, Karen Barad and, if he would be still alive, Vilém Flusser. In fact, it would be nice to discuss it with everyone who read it!

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

An immersion on the media and media art histories through the lenses of photosensitivity.

Book title
Sensing and Making Sense Photosensitivity and Light-to-sound Translations in Media Art
transcript Verlag
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 27 SW-Abbildungen, 30 Farbabbildungen
Commodity Group
ART057000 SOC052000 ART009000
Release date
18 December 2020
Medien, Fotografie, Klang
Media Studies, Cultural Studies
Media Art, Media Culture, Media Archaeology, Media History, Photosensitivity, Photography, Sound, Media, Media Aesthetics, Theory of Art, Media Studies

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