Media history is millions, even billions, of years old. That is the premise of this pioneering and provocative book, which argues that to adequately understand contemporary media culture we must set out from material realities that precede media themselves—Earth’s history, geological formations, minerals, and energy. And to do so, writes Jussi Parikka, is to confront the profound environmental and social implications of this ubiquitous, but hardly ephemeral, realm of modern-day life.
A Geology of Media demonstrates that the environment does not just surround our media cultural world. It runs through it, enables it, and hosts it in an era of unprecedented climate change. While looking backward to Earth’s distant past, it also looks forward to a more expansive media theory to come.

Jussi Parikka
A Geology of Media
Minnesota Press, 2015, 9780816695522

EUR 26.50
03.06.2015 um 10:01 Uhr
In the context of increasingly complex technological and economic developments, such as e-commerce, social media, and new production technologies, the social significance of design continues to grow. These developments have inevitably been accompanied by certain highly charged questions, concerning such issues as fair working conditions, sustainable development, and the upholding of personality rights–questions with which designers are now directly confronted.
Yet how are we to research these social aspects of design (“social design”) and shed light on the conditions of their emergence? The present research project takes this question as the starting point from which to examine the particular rationales underlying various methods and procedures in design. The Intrinsic Logic of Design project investigates the development of eight projects pursued within the Design Department of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and thereby gives an impression of the actors involved in them. The research project’s hypothesis is that these various design processes are all governed by their own, intrinsic logic of creative production, which can be reduced neither to standardised design methods nor to established procedures in other disciplines. In unfolding the complexity of these singular design processes–or intrinsic logics–the book aims to contribute to the development of both research into design methods and design theory.
20.05.2015 um 17:19 Uhr
The publication invites the reader to take part in a critical examination of today’s sustainability fashion and our own consumer culture. Switching between activist demands and subtle humor, it shows the position of current designs at a critical turning point and offers guidelines for sustainable design processes. It presents practical tools alike to be used as basic equipment to clear the way to a social, ecological and ethically sustainable future.

A term like “open source design” stand for a changing understanding of design processes. Learning from each other, exploring experimental strategies and mindsets in combination with scientifically proven methods is the key to change. Design is more than just giving an appearance to products – it plays a vital role in changing the appearance of a society fit for the future as well as in the formulation of sustainable lifestyles based on global solidarity.
20.05.2015 um 17:18 Uhr
Buchvorstellung: Inke Arns: World of Matter
World of Matter is an international project investigating raw materials and the complex ecologies of which they are a part. In light of the acute problems resulting from human-induced transformation of the earth and its systems, it is tempting to strike a dramatic tone. However, the perspective of crisis also calls upon us to reconsider - at a fundamental level, and in slow, subtle, and unspectacular ways - how we understand and interact with the world of things. The investigations presented in this book, undertaken in many world regions and post-national spaces, propose a wide range of aesthetic and ethical approaches to the handling of resources, while challenging the capitalistic assumption that the planet’s materials are primarily for human consumption. By drawing connections between works that derive from artistic practice, journalism, philosophy, activism, and other realms of research, World of Matter provides a place of commonality for eco-logical imaginaries.
20.05.2015 um 10:12 Uhr
Warum bauen Menschen zu Dingen eine Beziehung auf? Einen Beitrag zur Klärung dieser Frage bietet Anamaria Depners ethnologische Betrachtung des Umzugsprozesses ins Altenheim. Hierbei überrascht der Umgang mit den eigenen Sachen – nicht zuletzt, weil er mitunter destruktiv ist. Die Analyse der Beobachtungen zum situativen Bedeutungswechsel der Dinge und der Emotionen, die Menschen ihnen entgegenbringen, bilden die Grundlage für eine allgemeine Objekttheorie, die zeigt: Der Mensch-Ding-Beziehung liegt weniger die sogenannte Agency der Dinge zu Grunde als vielmehr ihre physisch-materielle Präsenz.
Die Untersuchung liefert ein empirisch fundiertes, theoretisches Modell für die Material Culture Studies sowie unterschiedliche Anknüpfungspunkte für gerontologische Forschung.
20.05.2015 um 09:49 Uhr
Buchvorstellung: Markus Rathgeb: Otl Aicher
Markus Rathgeb completed his Ph.D. dissertation, \'Otl Aicher: Design as a Method of Action\', for the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading in England and has published several articles on Aicher\'s work in both English and German. He is currently a professor of design methods and graphic design at the University of Cooperative Education, Ravensburg, Germany, and works as a design consultant.|The definitive monograph on the pioneering German graphic designer.

Markus Rathgeb
Otl Aicher
Phaidon, 2015, 978-0-7148-6938-4
EUR 39.95
06.05.2015 um 14:02 Uhr
Städte wachsen und verändern sich. Neue Stadträume entstehen und bestehende Stadträume werden verändert. Von diesen Orten erwarten wir, dass sie nicht nur wichtige Funktionen übernehmen, sondern auch über besondere räumliche Qualitäten verfügen. Wie können diese räumlichen Qualitäten beschrieben und bewertet werden? Jürgen Weidinger, Professor für Landschaftsarchitektur an der Technischen Universität Berlin, beantwortet diese Frage durch die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Phänomen der Atmosphäre. Die räumliche Qualität städtischer Orte, wie Parks, Promenaden und Stadtplätze kann in dieser Weise gesteigert werden. Weidinger bietet eine Methode für das Entwerfen atmosphärischer Orte an. Dieser Ansatz kann auch dazu dienen, Entwurfsideen und realisierte Projekte zu bewerten. Im Sammelband äußern sich neben international tätigen Landschaftsarchitekten auch Autoren aus den Bereichen Umweltpsychologie, Theater-, Kunst und Literaturwissenschaft.
29.04.2015 um 10:27 Uhr
In a changing world everyone designs: each individual person and each collective subject, from enterprises to institutions, from communities to cities and regions, must define and enhance a life project. Sometimes these projects generate unprecedented solutions; sometimes they converge on common goals and realize larger transformations.
As Ezio Manzini describes in this book, we are witnessing a wave of social innovations as these changes unfold -- an expansive open co-design process in which new solutions are suggested and new meanings are created. Manzini distinguishes between diffuse design (performed by everybody) and expert design (performed by those who have been trained as designers) and describes how they interact. He maps what design experts can do to trigger and support meaningful social changes, focusing on emerging forms of collaboration. These range from community-supported agriculture in China to digital platforms for medical care in Canada; from interactive storytelling in India to collaborative housing in Milan. These cases illustrate how expert designers can support these collaborations -- making their existence more probable, their practice easier, their diffusion and their convergence in larger projects more effective.
Manzini draws the first comprehensive picture of design for social innovation: the most dynamic field of action for both expert and nonexpert designers in the coming decades.
22.04.2015 um 10:17 Uhr
The MoneyLab Reader brings developments in crowdfunding, currency design, technologies of payment, and other economic experiments into dialogue. The authors of this volume discuss the implications of the current architecture of global finance, its impact on ever-growing income disparity, and question money and finance as such. It is not always clear, for instance, whether genuine alternatives are unfolding or if we are simply witnessing the creative extension of neoliberalism. At stake is the full spectrum of technologies of economic (re)distribution.
22.04.2015 um 10:00 Uhr
Das Buch »Integrative Ästhetik« führt den Leser zu den evolutionären Wurzeln einer ästhetischen Wahrnehmung - dem einfachsten Fall: Der Prozess eines positiven Feedbacks als Verstärker einer effizienten Wahrnehmung. Es wird gezeigt, dass der spezifische Prozess in einer Re-Codierung von Wahrnehmungs-Daten zu Sinn-Einheiten besteht. Davon aus­gehend wird die Relevanz für die neuronale Ressourcen-Ökonomie belegt. Denn das Gehirn ist unser energie-aufwändigstes Organ.
Klaus Schwarzfischer zeigt, wie wichtig es ist, mit dem einfachsten Fall einer ästhetischen Erfahrung zu beginnen:
• Was genau ist eine ästhetische Erfahrung?
• Haben nur Menschen ästhetische Erfahrungen?
• Wie kann der Basis-Mechanismus einer ästhetischen Erfahrung erweitert werden, um auf Wahrnehmung, Kognition und Handlungs-Kompetenz gleichermaßen anwendbar zu sein?
08.04.2015 um 10:21 Uhr

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