Takeshi Kadobayashi's talk

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 16:00
The Post-Media Condition in the Wake of Japan’s 3.11 Disaster
Concordia University, EV-5,615
Organizer(s): 
Takeshi Kadobayashi
(Kansai University)
The Post-Media Condition
in the Wake of Japan’s 3.11 Disaster
November 13, 2013
18:00 - 20:00
EV 5.615
(1515 St. Catherine West)
 
This talk explores some aspects of what I call the aesthetics of the post-media condition. In A Voyage on the North Sea: Art in the Age of Post-Medium Condition (1999) and other writings, Rosalind Krauss proposed the idea of “post-medium condition” in order to describe a series of artworks after modernism that seek to reinvent a given medium in their own new ways. Scholars of film theory, such as Mary Ann Doane, D.N. Rodowick and Francesco Casetti quickly responded to this notion, reflecting on the post-medium condition of the cinema, subsequent to the decline of the film medium as its technical support. My research project positions itself against their arguments that limit their theoretical scope to a particular genre of art and its medium. Instead, using the plural form "post-media," I reposition this idea in relation to the field of media theory, in order to suggest that the idea of "media" itself is on the verge of losing its self-identity. The central question around which I orient this talk is, then: Is the concept of media still valid for the media as we experience today? In the course of the investigation of this question, I will look at a few examples from the media practices in Japan after the 3.11 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster, in which this post-media condition manifests itself most clearly.

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