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Erkki Huhtamo, media historian and pioneering media archaeologist, is Professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at the University of California, Los. Visit ‘s Erkki Huhtamo Page and shop for all Erkki Huhtamo books. Check out pictures, bibliography, and biography of Erkki Huhtamo. Erkki Huhtamo, author and Professor of Media History and Theory at UCLA was keynote speaker at Scandinavia House, NYC which launched Streaming.

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His writings have been translated into twelve languages, with new single-authored books in Italian and Japanese coming in I have published extensively on media culture and arts during the past quarter of a century my early books were in my native tongue Finnish.

Bolter’s and Grusin’s endeavor was not defined as “media archaeology,” but it has affinities with the ways media archaeologists draw parallels between seemingly incompatible phenomena.

State University of New York Press, He plunges headlong, and with pathosinto the world of his heroes, eschewing critical, skeptical, and theoretically oriented perspectives. University of California Press, The readers were left with a huge collection of notes, images, and ideas that constitute a database rather than a preorganized narrative. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Books Digital Products Journals. Giedion was mainly concerned with material culture, “the tools that have molded our present-day living.

He is one of the founders of an emerging approach to media studies known as media archaeology. It was probably in this sense that Michael Wetzel purported to combine Foucault and Kittler in his “preliminary considerations for an archaeology of the media,” published in in a collection of writings that already bore the words “archaeology of the media” in its title.

It also purports to demonstrate how topoi are constantly evoked by cultural agents, from spokespeople, sales agents, and politicians to writers, journalists, erkoi curators, and, last but not least, media artists, who use them for various kinds of purposes, from sales pitches and ideological persuasion to aesthetic reflections on media culture and history.

Stiftelsen Nordisk Videokonst, I use them in my research and teaching, and also to illustrate my books, as you can easily see from the pages of Illusions in Motion.


Things that seem unprecedented, and are promoted as such by cultural agents, may in fact be topoi in disguise. Archived from the original on Whether we speak of cultural materialism, media art history, new historicism or software studies, the essays compiled here provide not only an anthology of innovative historical case studies, but also a methodology for the future of media studies as material and historical analysis.

With this essential huhtamk, countless new paths have been opened up for media and cultural historians.

Siegfried Zielinski’s version of media archaeology is a practice of resistance, not only against what he perceives as the increasing uniformity of mainstream media culture, but also against media archaeology itself, or rather ermki assimilation and hardening into the normalcy of contemporary media studies.

Such “nomadicism,” rather than being a hindrance, may in fact match its goals and working methods, allowing it to roam across the landscape of the humanities and social sciences and occasionally to huhatmo into the arts. Professor Huhtamo owns erkkki extensive collection of antique optical viewing devices and documents, such as magic lanterns, peep show boxes, camera obscuras, praxinoscopes, kinoras, etc.

The multimedia performance Mareorama Resurrected has thus far been presented in Los Angeles, Chicago and Pittsburgh an edited version can be watched on the Internet.

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It excavates forgotten, neglected and suppressed media-cultural phenomena, helping us to penetrate beyond huhamo “grand narratives” of media culture. NTT Publishing, and the latter “Elementi di schermologia. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. There is no separation; instead, there is constant interchange, a cruise in time.

Huhtamo has published extensively, lectured worldwide and given multimedia stage performances using both modern and original 19th-century media technology such as magic lanterns.

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Huhtamo’s approach does not only identify topoi, trace their trajectories, and explore the circumstances of their reappearances. Approaches, Applications, and Implications University of California Press,which helped to define the field of media archaeology. Gombrich, stood out as “picture-historians,” interested more in recurring visual motifs and their contextualization than in weeding the popular out of art history. There is a “brand” of German media theory that emphasizes the “epistemic effects of media in the production and processing of knowledge” and “the medial dimensions of the mechanisms of power,” as the editor of a recent issue of Grey Room explained.


This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat Approaches, Applications, and Implications ed. Please check them under my name in Amazon. Professor Huhtamo has also adapted his ideas to stage works. However, these pioneering works represent only one of the possible roads toward media archaeology.

A wide array of ideas have provided inspiration for media archaeology. Beside film history and theory, he drew on the traditions of the Bildwissenschaft, including the work of Ervin Panofsky. In fact, these two aspects are connected with each other; the new is “dressed up” in formulas that may be hundreds of years old, while the old may provide “molds” efkki cultural innovations and reorientations. The critiques of mass media developed by Theodor W.

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Media archaeology is an emerging approach within media studies I have pioneered with a number of other scholars since the early s. In the early decades of the huhamo century, art history also began proposing ways of recontextualizing art within textual traditions and expanding its own reach to visual material that had traditionally been left outside its confines.

His work has often been aimed to excavate, resurrect and analyze neglected and forgotten media. Views Read Edit View history. Huhtamo, Erkki and Perttu Rastased. It has covered a wide eroki of issues related with media culture and the technological arts, including interactive media, simulator entertainments, the genealogy of the screen, “peep media” a notion he has coined[2] stereoscopic art and media in public spaces.

By demonstrating how the media’s past s lives on in the present, guiding and informing people’s attitudes in juhtamo daily lives, the topos approach helps to detect novelties, innovations, and media-cultural ruptures as well.