Parikka, J, 2012, What is Media Archaeology?, Cambridge: Polity Books.


« Media Archaeology has been interested in excavating the past in order to understand the present and the future. (…) Media archaeology is introduced as a way to investigate the new media cultures through insights from past new media, often with an emphasis on the forgotten, the quirky, the non-obvious apparatuses, practices and inventions. » Parikka, 2012, 2.


« Where do you start when you begin thinking media archaeologically? (…) The proposition of this book is that you start in the middle -from the entanglement of past and present, and accept the complexity this decision brings with it to any analysis of modern media culture. » Parikka, 2012, 5.


« Media archaeology is a travelling discipline (…) media archaeology has historically resided in between academic departments and arts institutions and practices. » Parikka, 2012, 15.


« The basic question of media archaeology could be seen simply, and in a manner indicated by Foucault, to be: what are the conditions of existence of this thing, of that statement, of these discourses and the multiple media(ted) practices with which we live? Such questions are political, aesthetic, economic, technological, scientific and more (…). » Parikka, 2012, 18.


« This relates to what Deleuze and Guattari called ‘nomadology’: a mode of knowledge and production that emphasizes new connections that are not reproductions of what exists -but produce new modes of existing, thinking and creating. » Parikka, 2012, 161.





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