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Beyond the Archive: Bit-Mapping

Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

Recently a ‘spatial turn’ has been announced in Cultural Studies. In digital operations, though, ‘space’ is nothing but a metaphor. ‘Mapping’ therefore should be taken in its mathematical, topological sense, in order not to confuse imaginary (iconic) with symbolic (indexical) operations in cybernetic aggregates and physical networks. Media-archaeologically seen, cyber’space’ is not about images, sounds or texts, but about bits; thus the cartographic or mnemotechnical approach is misleading. This opens new horizons for search operations in the ‘Media Art Net’ which will be addressed in this text.

Director: Wolfgang Ernst




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