This introduction to the special section on mediated geologies contextualizes the articles that follow within recent discussions concerning cultural politics of the environment, ecological contexts of contemporary media, and debates concerning the Anthropocene. The special section approaches the topics from the angle of media studies and argues for new ways to understand media culture as read through a materials focus: from waste to building materials and from temperature control to more conceptual developments concerning new materialism. The introduction discusses these ideas as extensions of material media theory and addresses how they can complement already existing ideas in the field.
Deep Times of Planetary Trouble
Jussi Parikka is professor at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. His books cover a wide range of topics relevant to a critical understanding of network culture, aesthetics, and media archaeology of the digital. Digital Contagions (2007; 2nd ed., 2016), , and make up a media-ecology trilogy that addresses the environmental contexts of technical media culture. Other books include What Is Media Archaeology? (2012). He has also edited several books, including, most recently, Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History (2015, with Joasia Krysa) on the Finnish media art pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi. His website and blog can be found at jussiparikka.net.
Jussi Parikka; Deep Times of Planetary Trouble. Cultural Politics 1 November 2016; 12 (3): 279–292. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-3648846
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