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Pre-socratic media theory

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Abstract


  • Drawing inspiration from Siegfried Zielinski’s ground-breaking study of media

    archaeology, Deep Time of the Media, this paper explores the potential for pre-Socratic

    philosophy to provide a model for alternative conceptions of mediation within

    contemporary media art. It argues that pre-Socratic philosophy develops notions of

    mediation that extend beyond the contemporary focus on technical media. In their

    exploration of fundamental dynamic principles within nature and in their sensitivity to the

    uncertain relation between truth, appearance and finite human understanding, they

    suggest diverse conceptions of mediation that have continuing critical and creative

    relevance.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Bunt, B. S. "Pre-socratic media theory." Relive Media Art Histories. Ed.S. Cubitt & P. Thomas. London: MIT Press, 2013, 39-50.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2048&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1043

Book Title


  • Relive Media Art Histories

Start Page


  • 39

End Page


  • 50

Place Of Publication


  • London

Abstract


  • Drawing inspiration from Siegfried Zielinski’s ground-breaking study of media

    archaeology, Deep Time of the Media, this paper explores the potential for pre-Socratic

    philosophy to provide a model for alternative conceptions of mediation within

    contemporary media art. It argues that pre-Socratic philosophy develops notions of

    mediation that extend beyond the contemporary focus on technical media. In their

    exploration of fundamental dynamic principles within nature and in their sensitivity to the

    uncertain relation between truth, appearance and finite human understanding, they

    suggest diverse conceptions of mediation that have continuing critical and creative

    relevance.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Bunt, B. S. "Pre-socratic media theory." Relive Media Art Histories. Ed.S. Cubitt & P. Thomas. London: MIT Press, 2013, 39-50.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2048&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1043

Book Title


  • Relive Media Art Histories

Start Page


  • 39

End Page


  • 50

Place Of Publication


  • London