Class Media Archeology

  • Presentation


    An archeology of media can only be thought parallel with a genealogy of the media, enabling the understanding of human action in its historical expression, especially in modern times. The creative activity in Humans grounds its understanding on 'media', they are its condition of possibility. The historical-theoretical focus allows access problems that the media produced and the effects that they are having in societies that are markedly dependent on technological mediations and on media technologies. Objectives and competences are interwoven in the program to provide a panoramic view of the problems generated by media both in past and in modern society.

  • Code


  • Syllabus



    1. What is a medium? Medium and Technology;

    2. Media genealogy and media archeology: singularity and interconnection;

    3. Experience and mediation: effects of mediated perception;

    4. Media theory and media archeology: relationships in history;

    5. Context and Archive: transmit, disseminate, store;

    6. The media as creative instruments: alphabet, photography, cinema;

    7. Subjectivity and mediation: the problem of media materiality;

    8. Media and Cultural Heritage.

  • Objectives


    a) distinguish medium (media) and technology;

    b) Describe technically mediated experience; 

    c) adapt knowledge into an argumentative and critical judgement to current situation;

    d) identify the main paradigms in thinking mediation;

    e) to produce a critical judgment about media in a creative context;

    f) recognize how media shapes culture;

    g) know the genealogy of the media and how an archeology of the media is possible;

    h) recognize the 'media reality’;

    i) to identify as differences and antitheses between different theoretical positions;

    j) have a critical position on the history of the media;

    k) be acquainted about the relations between the media and society;

    l) determine the impact of the media on the arts and aesthetics;

    m) be able to identify political strategies made possible by media;

    n) identify research branches in media studies.

    o) be able to build a systematic argumentative discourse on the relationships between culture, art, media and reality.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Oral exposal class; hermeneutics and textual heuristics; public discussion of arguments; visual support material

  • References


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    Flusser, V., Medienkultur. Frankfurt a. M.: Fischer, 2005.

    Foucault, M. L’archéologie du savoir. Paris: Gallimard, 1969

    Hansen, M.B.N., «Media Theory». Theory Culture Society, 2006; 23; pp. 297-306.

    Huhtamo, E. & Parikka, J., Media Archaeology. Approaches, Applications, and Implications. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

    Kittler, F., Optical Media. Berlin Lectures 1999. London: Polity Press, 2010.

    McLhuan, M., Understanding Media. The Extensions of Man. Berkeley: Gingko Press, [1964] 2003.

    Siegert, B., Cultural Techniques. Grids, Filters, Doors, and Other. Articulations of the Real. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015.

    V. Benjamin, «A obra de arte na época da sua possibilidade de reprodução técnica». In W. Benjamin, A modernidade. Lisboa: Assírio & Alvim: 2006, pp. 207-241.

    Zielinski, S., Deep Time in Media. Toward an Archeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means. Cambridge/Mass.: MIT Press, 2006.

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