Wed. 19th October 2016
T1005 iLab, ground floor South Building
Hertz, G. & Parikka, J., 2012. Zombie Media: Circuit Bending Media Archaeology into an Art Method, Leonardo, 45:5, 424-430 [online] Available at: <http://mediaarchaeologylab.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Zombie-media.pdf> [Accessed 10 October 2016].
This text is an investigation into media culture, temporalities of media objects and planned obsolescence in the midst of ecological crisis and electronic waste. The authors approach the topic under the umbrella of media archaeology and aim to extend this historiographically oriented field of media theory into a methodology for contemporary artistic practice. Hence, media archaeology becomes not only a method for excavation of repressed and forgotten media discourses, but extends itself into an artistic method close to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture, circuit bending, hardware hacking and other hacktivist exercises that are closely related to the political economy of information technology. The concept of dead media is discussed as “zombie media”—dead media revitalized, brought back to use, reworked.