Digital Memory and the archive

By Wolfgang Ernst
Edited by Jussi Parikka
Digital Memory and the Archive, the first English-language collection of the German media theorist’s work, brings together essays that present Wolfgang Ernst’s controversial materialist approach to media theory and history. His insights are central to the emerging field of media archaeology, which uncovers the role of specific technologies and mechanisms, rather than content, in shaping contemporary culture and society.

«Digital Memory and the Archive offers the most compelling and insightful account published to date of how and why objects matter. Moving beyond textual analysis, its careful, theoretically rigorous engagement with the relic—the physicality of the archive—promises to change the direction of the digital humanities. Thanks to this book, we will all now be addressing the microtemporality of archives and the mechanics of remaining. Finally, a definitive collection in English of one of the most brilliant and influential media archaeologists.» —Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Wolfgang Ernst is chair of media theories at Humboldt University, Berlin. He is the author of several books, including most recently M.edium F.oucault, Das Rumoren der Archive, Im Namen von Geschichte, Das Gesetz des Gedächtnisses: Medien und Archive am Ende, and Chronopoetik.

Jussi Parikka is reader in media and design at the Winchester School of Art (UK) and adjunct professor at the University of Turku in Finland. His books include Insect Media (Minnesota, 2010) and What Is Media Archaeology?

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