[iDC] Alan's questions about media theory/ies

Simon Biggs s.biggs at eca.ac.uk
Tue Jul 21 13:31:31 UTC 2009

A bit like dark matter then?

Simon Biggs
Research Professor
edinburgh college of art
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From: Sean Cubitt <scubitt at unimelb.edu.au>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 11:14:44 +0100
To: Jonathan Beller <jbeller at pratt.edu>, Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com>,
<idc at mailman.thing.net>
Conversation: Alan's questions about media theory/ies
Subject: [iDC] Alan's questions about media theory/ies

Axiomatically, there is mediation. It comes before such accidental and
contingent binaries as subjects and objects, space and time. It even
precedes communication. Mediation is a name for the fundamental connection
between (and within) everything. Sometimes it communicates, sometimes it
just opens channels, sometimes it is pure poetry, and exchange of energies.
The biggest question for any historical theory of media is: how come, in a
universe where mediation is the law, there is such concentration, delay,
detouring, and hoarding of  it?

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