Transmission in Motion

Seminar Blogs

“Modding Video Games as the Invention and Intervention of Technological Imaginaries” – Pauline Munnich

    During the seminar “Collaboration and Dissensus in the Experimental Arts and Innovation Policy”, Michael Century discussed how intersections between art and cultural institutions, federal government agencies, and university departments created artistic inventions and critical interventions in the emerging imaginaries of digital culture. Through experiments, artists and scientists sought to explore what new technologies…

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“What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Metaverse’?” – Chris van der Vegt

    Something that came up repeatedly in our discussion on technological imaginaire was the idea of an immersive virtual world or a ‘Metaverse’. ‘Metaverse’ is the name of a product currently in development by Meta, the company previously known as Facebook. At the same time as Meta announced its rebranding at Connect 2021, the…

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“The Apparatgeist of VR and the Logic of Immersion” – Jingzhe Zhang

  One of the many interesting things brought up by Frank Kessler and Imar de Vries in the seminar is the theory of Apparatgeist. Apparatgeist is a neologism coined by James Katz and Mark Aakhus (2002) based on their observation of parallel shifts in communication habits that came out of mobile phone adoption in different…

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“Countering a media imaginary” – Job Santé

    In the first session of this year’s Transmission in Motion seminar (2022-2023) Prof. dr. Frank Kessler and Dr. Imar de Vries introduced and discussed the topic of media imaginaries, imaginary media and media imaginations (Kessler and de Vries 2022). This discussion made me think about the works of Nam June Paik. Paik, known…

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“Leaving Omelas: Media archeology and science fiction” – Stepan Lastuvka

  In the seminar titled “Media Imaginaries / Imaginary Media / Imaginations of Media,” the presenters Frank Kessler and Imar de Vries together reflect on how the three parts of the title interconnect and, in turn, shape the social conditions of the present-day media landscapes. Specifically, the presenters point out how the imaginations of media…

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The possibility of criticising the technical – Martin Essemann

    The framing of music as writing, as fundamentally techical in the broadest sense, and the implicit inflation of technics and culture that seemed to underly the presentation, is perhaps a delayed response in the field of musicology to the questions about Modernism in visual art that arose in the middle of the last…

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