Text to Speech
Lisa Gitelman Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents

@ 7:00pm

Text to Speech #21
Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents

Paper Knowledge addresses what is remarkable about the mundane: the library card, the promissory note, the movie ticket, the PDF (Portable Document Format). It is a media history of the document, drawing examples from the 1870s, the 1930s, the 1960s, and today.  Lisa Gitelman tells nuanced, anecdote-filled stories of letterpress printing, typing and carbon paper, mimeograph, microfilm, offset printing, photocopying, and scanning, taking up the waning of old technologies and the emergence of new, including discussions of documentary matters such as the relation between twentieth-century technological innovation and the management of paper, and the interdependence of computer programming and documentation.

A selection of the text will be offered by resident Chris Lee, in association with his media arts residency.

Focused on writing about media, media art and the surrounding concepts and frameworks of the mediated world, Text to Speech gatherings aim to build stronger community ties and knowledge in our field. In this reading group, participants will be provided with copies of the reading, and we will facilitate a group reading, discussion, and analysis of this text. Prior knowledge of the work is encouraged but not required, as the session will involve some form of introduction, and some portion of close reading (out loud).

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18 – Jonathan Sterne, Space Within Space
17 – Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, Silicon Sociology, or, Two Kings on Hegel’s Throne? Kittler, Luhmann, and the Posthuman Merger of German Media Theory
16 – Salomé Voegelin, Listening to Noise and Silence; with adjacent sounds, and writings by Peter Culley and Maxine Gadd
15 – Sybille Krämer, “Witnessing: On the Transmission of Perception and Knowledge through Credibility” in Medium, Messenger Transmission
14 – Josh Lepawsky, Reassembling Rubbish: Worlding Electronic Waste
13 – Jennifer Gabrys, Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics
12 – Trinh T. Minh-ha, Lovecidal: Walking with the Disappeared
11 – Zoe Todd, Indigenizing the Anthropocene
10 – Benjamin Bratton,”The City Layer” in The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty
9 – Wendy Chun, Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fibre Optics
8 – Cornelia Vismann, Cultural Techniques and Sovereignty
7 – Seth Price, Dispersion
6 – Bernard Stiegler, “Introduction” in Automatic Society 1: The Future of Work
5 – Ute Holl, Trance Techniques, Cinema, and Cybernetics
4 – Artie Vierkant, The Image Object Post-Internet
3 – Kaja Silverman, Introduction to The Miracle Of Analogy
2 – Bernhard Siegert, Cultural Techniques: Or the End of the Intellectual Postwar Era in German Media Theory
1 – Sadie Plant, Zeroes and Ones, Digital Women + the New Technoculture