Three vivid inquiries deal with histories and theories of mediality and materiality: John Durham Peters looks at episodes of simultaneity and synchronization. Christina Vagt discusses the agency of computer models against the backdrop of aesthetic theories by Henri Bergson and Hans Blumenberg, and Florian Sprenger discusses early electrical transmissions through copper wire and the temporality of instantaneity.
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About the Author
Florian Sprenger is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt.
Christina Vagt is Assistant Professor of European Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword vii
Introduction Florian Sprenger Christina Vagt ix
1 Temporalities of Instantaneity: Electric Wires and the Media of Immediacy Florian Sprenge Erik Born 1
2 A Cornucopia of Meanwhiles John Durham Peters 29
3 Physics and Aesthetics: Simulation as Action at a Distance Christina Vagt 51