[-empyre-] empyre Digest, Vol 111, Issue 5

Michael Dieter M.J.Dieter at uva.nl
Mon Feb 10 05:44:17 EST 2014

Something else I want to ask about.

This is the definition that the Post-Digital Research group settled on
for their publication:

"Post-digital, once understood as a critical reflection of "digital"
aesthetic immaterialism, now describes the messy and paradoxical
condition of art and media after digital technology revolutions.
"Post-digital" neither recognizes the distinction between "old" and
"new" media, nor ideological affirmation of the one or the other. It
merges "old" and "new", often applying network cultural
experimentation to analog technologies which it re-investigates and
re-uses. It tends to focus on the experiential rather than the
conceptual. It looks for DIY agency outside totalitarian innovation
ideology, and for networking off big data capitalism. At the same
time, it already has become commercialized."

I'm curious about the emphasis here on the experiential, rather than
the conceptual. Why emphasize one over the other in this way? What
works or practices did the group have in mind? In a weird way, this
description actually reminds me of something like relational

Michael Dieter
Media Studies
The University of Amsterdam
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1012 XT Amsterdam

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