Italy, Pisa

Media Archaeology

when 4 July 2016 - 8 July 2016
duration 1 week
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 400

Media are a pivotal element in our societies. They become pervasive in our individual and collective everyday life while they are able to construct collective representations and memory on a global level. Besides, media also move through sophisticated processes an incredible amount of money, and play a crucial role on political movements worldwide.
In recent years, Media Archaeology acquired attractiveness and a theoretical organicity, without losing its multidisciplinary character. Rather than a discipline, Media Archaeology may be seen as a perspective which addresses different practices and methodological approaches. Compared to the traditional media theories, the archaeological perspective shows distinctive specificities. First, the subject of investigation: media culture – including the culture of the so-called “new media” – is investigated as a product of stratification of different social and historical processes. Whereas the dominant narrative on “new media” tends to see them as a breaking event, media archaeology focuses on the old media to fully understand new media. For Media archaeology, old media were previously new, since they contributed to redefine the social fabric to which they belonged. Linear histories of media underline the features of the old media, which the new one realized, and doing so, it restricts the autonomy of the old media. Media Archaeology instead emphasizes what the new media failed to realize: the previously unexpressed possibilities of the old media that the new media could not fulfill. Frequent object of inquiries are the anomalies and the failures: this implies an actualization of the unexpressed possibilities of new media.
The aim of the Summer school is double: on one hand to draw a map of contemporary Media Archaeology; on the other hand, to discuss about open fields of research from the perspective of Media Archaeology. The course will be held by European and North American experts from different disciplines who will illustrate the complexity and potentialities of this perspective.

Course leader

Prof. Vincenzo Mele

Anita Paolicchi

Dott. Enrico Campo

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