Deep Time of the Media: Toward an Archaeology of Hearing and by Siegfried Zielinski

By Siegfried Zielinski

“Siegfried Zielinski argues that the historical past of the media doesn't continue predictably from primitive instruments to complicated equipment; in Deep Time of the Media, he illuminates turning issues of media history—fractures within the predictable—that aid us see the recent within the old.

Drawing on unique resource fabrics, Zielinski explores the know-how of units for listening to and seeing via thousand years of cultural and technological heritage. He discovers the contributions of ‘dreamers and modelers’ of media worlds, from the traditional Greek thinker Empedocles and traditional philosophers of the Renaissance and Baroque sessions to Russian avant-gardists of the early 20th century. ‘Media are areas of motion for built makes an attempt to attach what's separated,’ Zielinski writes. He describes versions and machines that make this connection: together with a theater of mirrors in sixteenth-century Naples, an automaton for musical composition created by way of the seventeenth-century Jesuit Athanasius Kircher, and the eighteenth-century electric tele-writing computing device of Joseph Mazzolari, between others.”

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At times, it is appropriate to use arguments that generalize, for example, when addressing artifacts or systems from the familiar canon of media history. However, in the course of our journey to visit the attractions, a certain something must be evoked, a sense of what might be termed media or medium in the various constellations that I describe. Whether it succeeds in this for the reader is the decisive question for the value of my study. It is not a philosophical study—this anarchaeology of media is a collection of curiosities.

The myriad forms of interplay between the two, the inner fire and water, give rise to everything that we call nature and life. Baron Georg Philipp Friedrich von Hardenberg was also no stranger to the world below ground: he earned his living as an administrative assistant in the Saxony salt works. As a poet, he called himself Novalis. In chapter 5 of his unfinished novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen (1802), his alter ego in a twofold sense, Friedrich von Hohenzollern, who is an aristocrat and a miner, meets with a hermit in the course of his travels.

Ah! In my distress, how contemptible all worldly pleasures seemed to me. ” His prayers were heard: miraculously, the party survived the eruptions and earthquakes of March and April 1638 and eventually reached Naples. The very same evening, Kircher engaged a guide, who needed considerable persuading and demanded a high fee, and climbed Vesuvius. , suffocated by Vesuvius’s poisonous gases. On reaching the crater, Kircher was confronted by “a terrible sight. The eerie crater was entirely lit up by fire and gave off an unbearable smell of sulphur and pitch.

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