Suggestions for texts in final week

Dear all,

please post your suggestions here for texts we could read in the final week. It would be great if you could supply links to online texts; if not, please send them to me by email and I will post them here as attachments.

Karin: “Baudrillard’s nonrepresentational theory: burn the signs and journey without maps” – Richard G. Smith

Lina: “Realer than Real: The Simulacrum According to Deleuze and Guattari” – Brian Massumi

Klaas: The Tuning of the World: Toward a Theory of Soundscape Design – R. Murray Schafer (sent by email)

Nina: “Negotiating the Virtual: The Matrix, the Internet and a new Techno-logic” – Marek M. Wojtaszek (sent by email)

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~ by Imar on February 25, 2009.

5 Responses to “Suggestions for texts in final week”

  1. The readings of the past weeks made me think of an article I have never dared “read” (as in read proper) on my own. I would love to discuss it in a class context – i think it would be very thought provoking and in tune with the threads of our discussions.

    BAUDRILLARD’S NONREPRESENTATIONAL THEORY: BURN THE SIGNS AND JOURNEY WITHOUT MAPS – RICHARD G SMITH

    *ABSTRACT*
    Can we burn the signs and journey without maps? In other words, can we travel from representational theories, through Baudrillard’s critique of representation, to forms of theory that are somehow nonrepresentational? In this paper I hijack and go beyond Baudrillard’s concepts of the precession and orders of simulacra to illustrate two main things: first, how the history of geographical thought has been one of representational theory, where there was seen to be a relationship, and then
    commutation, of theory and the real world; second, how representational theories are perhaps out of tune, unable to explain adequately, or change, our digital and commodity ^ sign soaked culture of simulacra, simulations, and reproductions. Overall, I attempt to show clearly how, through his poststructuralist critique of representation, Baudrillard is challenging us to rethink theory as doubly nonrepresentational.

    *FINAL PARAGRAPH*
    In journeying nothing adds up, there are no equations, and no summation. Hindsight, pretending to step outside of language and the simulacrum, creates the retrospective illusion of things coming together into ordered systems, but there are no unities or
    stable identities. Knowable structures do not underlie empirical events; reality is a play of forces in differential flux with no order, logic, or meaning. All is contingent, nothing has any meaning, all thinking is groundless, all we can do is throw ourselves into the play of the world and dance with it.

  2. Numerous references to Baudrillard throughout the course (and Karin’s suggestion) might take a new perspective after reading Brian Massumi’s text ‘Realer than Real’ which I encountered during ‘Technobodies’ course. This rather short text is thought-provoking and not such a hard reading given the fact it is Massumi. It probes into the binary real/constructed and suggests that there is addressing model/simulacra juxtaposition is useless as everything has become an immanent simulation. The whole text is available here:

    http://www.anu.edu.au/HRC/first_and_last/works/realer.htm

  3. Another suggestion would be to read Bruno Latour as he and Actor-Network Theory has been mentioned quite a few times during the seminars as well. I would very much love to discuss him with others and see how we could think with Latour on media and performance.

    As far as I know, the introduction to ‘Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-network-theory’ (2005) is considered a good departure point in addressing ANT and his essay ‘Drawing Things Together’ (1983) (the text available at http://www.bruno-latour.fr/articles/article/21-DRAWING-THINGS-TOGETHER.pdf). If somebody could suggest a better starting point to ANT, I would greatly appreciate that.

  4. This is the abstract of the article “coMEDIA electrONica: Performing Intermediality in Contemporary Theatre” by Peter Boenisch I mentioned in class. No idea how to make a link, I will send the text to Imar or you can look it up on the internet.

    “Although the concept of `intermediality’ recently has gained prominence within the discourse of Theatre Studies, still various contradictory definitions of that term circulate, none of which applies insight from the field of Media Theory to theatre. Rather than clinging to the banal formula `theatre + media = intermedial theatre’ and thus perpetuating the idea of medial specificity, an approach to intermediality informed by Media Theory stresses underlying strategies of processing all kinds of
    information, including the aesthetic, within a certain period. Consequently, theatre’s genuine `mediality’ already implies its `intermediality’, which in fact can be traced back all the way to classical Greek drama. Within the present transformation from McLuhan’s `Gutenberg Galaxy’ into an `electrONic culture’, theatre now trains its spectators in cognitive strategies of that emerging cultural paradigm. The performance Circulation Module by the Japanese group NEST reflects these
    significant repercussions of electrONic culture on theatrical performance at the turn of the twenty- first century.”

  5. and here is the link: http://journals.cambridge.org.proxy.library.uu.nl/action/displayFulltext?type=1&fid=141804&jid=TRI&volumeId=28&issueId=01&aid=141803

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