By Jussi Parikka
Media heritage is thousands, even billions, of years outdated. that's the premise of this pioneering and provocative booklet, which argues that to competently comprehend modern media tradition we needs to set out from fabric realities that precede media themselves—Earth’s historical past, geological formations, minerals, and effort. And to take action, writes Jussi Parikka, is to confront the profound environmental and social implications of this ubiquitous, yet infrequently ephemeral, realm of modern day life.
Exploring the source depletion and fabric resourcing required for us to exploit our units to stay networked lives, Parikka grounds his research in Siegfried Zielinski’s commonly mentioned suggestion of deep time—but takes it again millennia. not just are infrequent earth minerals and lots of different fabrics had to make our electronic media machines paintings, he observes, yet used and out of date media applied sciences go back to the earth as residue of electronic tradition, contributing to transforming into layers of poisonous waste for destiny archaeologists to consider. He exhibits that those fabrics needs to be thought of along the usually harmful and exploitative exertions approaches that refine them into the units underlying our probably digital or immaterial practices.
A Geology of Media demonstrates that the surroundings doesn't simply encompass our media cultural world—it runs via it, permits it, and hosts it in an period of remarkable weather swap. whereas having a look backward to Earth’s far-off prior, it additionally appears to be like ahead to a extra expansive media theory—and, implicitly, media activism—to come.
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67 The seemingly stable groundedness of the earth reveals through the modern practices of mining (and one should not neglect their relation to the hypercapitalist exploitation of the earth itself on a massive technological level) another sort of an ontology that resonates with the logic of capitalism as articulated by Deleuze and Guattari: the shifting ungrounds that they call the axiomatics of capitalism, which work through a constant deterritorialization of established territories, like a massive geoengineering project burrowing through formed lands, territorializing them in novel ways.
The different sets of knowledge formations pertaining to the natural and to the moral are also the context for two different modes of temporal order. The time of the human concerns differs from the geological, which, however, is argued to be a radical dynamic force that affects life across the boundaries of the organic and the nonorganic. And yet it was a necessity to keep these separated, despite that modern institutions were increasingly interested in such durations that surpassed the human: geological and biological (in sciences of the evolution).
The professor had for a longer time drilled deeper and deeper through the earth’s crust until he had finally ended up so deep so as to find a layer that pulsates like a living animal. indd 31 28/01/2015 12:46:16 PM 32 An Alternative Deep Time of the Media something else. The earth is alive, and that this vitality can be proved with experimental means was actually the true objective of Challenger’s mission. . gleaning in the electric light, band after band of jet-black, sparkling coal alternative with the rings of clay,”7 one finds the layers, which did not adhere to the classical geological theories of Hutton or Lyell.
A Geology of Media by Jussi Parikka