zielinski – 2012 Aug 20



1) Towards an exact philology of precise things.  An outline for a hermeneutics of artefacts

2) Deep Time & AST – the vertical and the horizontal and how we can practise our decadence from the cross.. Towards an ISMs


3) An Archives: on the necessity to construct an alternative concept for collections of the heterogenous. 

4) Expanded Animation – a spacial genealogy


5) Designing & Revealing – A short genealogy of projection. 

6) Vedemecum against a psychopathia medialis.  Including a manifesto regarding the states of the arts

You plan always must be too big – Brecht


We must not forget that an object is the best messenger of a world above that of nature: one can easily see in an object at once a perfection and an absence of origin, a closure and a brilliance, a transformation of life into matter (matter is much more magical than life), and in a word a silence which belongs to the realm of fairy-tales.  – Barthes

Thinking through things – Towards an exact philology of precise things

  • Japanese artist in sans soleil – making lists which make his heart beat slower
  • Heart beat slower: networks, media art
  • Heart beat faster: 
    • electrification of sacred spaces
    • image of cellphone grave
    • electric prayer
    • believing machine from china
    • the electric guitar (rickenbacher 1937)
      • represents the basic construction of telematic relationships
      • the transmission between 
      • “telecaster” “stratocaster” 
    • Gesang der Jünglinge
      • Boys’ voices turned into technical media
      • Stochausen 
    • On the derivation of the influence machine in shizophreny – Vikto Tausk
  • Programme vs. Einbildungskraft
    • Non-trivial relation between machines and man 
    • This is not a dualism 

We used to believe in machines, now the machines are believing in us – they must trust us and believe in us.

Belief in the internals of the machine – most ‘black boxes’, when opened, you find nothing. 

“Since you can build states with the media – they don’t serve anymore for revolution”

  • Quantumphysik und Daseinsrelativitat (1936) – Max Bense
  • Kohlhammer – Institute for Language in a Technological Age 
    • Cybernetics – humanities have failed us (holocaust, berlin wall), perhaps the ma

Gilbert Simondon – Du monde d’existence des objects technique, 1958

  • The object as part of an ensemble – the object as heterogenous
  • Manifoldness of objects
  • To think existence as a collective of man, nature and open machines (all three elements are open)

Electronic Music History

Friedrich Knilli

KINEN – The smallest unit of reality – Pasolini’s idea of semiotics

 Flusser on Fischli and Weiss – you have to do philosophy through images 

Hermeneutics of Technical Objects

  • Non-trivial interplay between technical objects 
  • We find ourselves within a cultura experimentalis – the components of which are technical objects: media
  • Epistemological interests on things which process between one and the other
  • Winicott – ‘potential space’ – describing the way that children explore the world
  • Requires an attention to aesthetics and technical (competence)
    • Respect for technical objects
    • We meet these technical objects at ‘eye level’
  • Cladni plates 
    • Ritter – Electromagnetism
    • The loose material and the hard material of the Cladni plate 
    • Ritter went at eye-level 
  • An alternative analysis 
    • Philology – hermeunics 
    • A hermeneutics of technical objects – which includes competents
    • An act of disassembling and reassembling – can help us understand the game of the creation of the new 
    • The experiment – Latour – Hening Schimtge – unformalisability
    • Henry Petrovski – The Pencil
      • Every object we construct and produce is makeshift – something inept and provisional
    • An ‘almost precise’ philology of ‘almost precise things’ 
    • Thinking in the broadest sense – provoke thought / cause us to reflect / changing the way that we think
    • The alchemist – someone who work through relations of subject (Gianni Vattimo a ‘weak subject’, an ‘insecure subject’)
      • Noise – the cosmic roar – listening to it they feel 
      • Decided to engage in the world 
    • Alchemy was a dream was could only listen to, and recounting it one could only stammer
    • Reinbegger – experiment 

“Henning Schmitgen – the machine concepts of Freud / Lacan and

  • Lacan’s Machines / Freud’s Machines / 

Cogito ergo Sum – I think therefore I sum

Stifters Dinge – Heiner Goebbels

  • In a thick bundling of the materialisations – an artform unfolds 
  • Neither the classical theater nor the gallery or the museum
  • The public laboratory of hearing and seeing – shifts that took place between media man and media machine

 Rosa Barba

  • Text projection, machine sentenses

David Link 

  • Particular archeology of algorithmic objects
  • Archeology of algorithmic artefacts are not just histories of computing – as this would be 
  • Love letter project – the first industrial (Faranti Mark I) computer was used to generate emotive 
  • After the analysis – Link rewrites the hardware of the Faranti Mark I
  • Writing machine (at documenta) 

Dinos and Jake Chapman 

  • Re-painting Hitler’s paintings from 1909
  • Transforming the pictures into desireable artefacts for the art market
  • The aspects of the past could be transfered into the future 

Objects of Knowledge – Zielinski’s 60s birthday present


Hermeneutic – 

  • Sense making
  • Allowing the object 
  • Moral 
  • Parmenedes 

Deep Time & AST (Art Science Technology)

Towards Mass Media which Are Media of the Masses – towards a materialist studies of the media

Bertolt Brecht 

  • A hermeneutics of radio
  • Scheme of dismantling-production of art (from the Three-Penny Trial, 1931)
  • Others tried to invert the process – deconstruction of the market – art work
    • Why Baudrillard was thinking from the bottom up
    • Recreate an artwork from the masses up 
  • Brecht / choir / addressing the apparatus as if it was a ‘character’ 
  • “art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” 

Wolf Vostell: Heuschrecken (1969-70)


Kohler: Decollage VII 3 


Cha’s hands, 1979 – Hak Kyung Cha


Apparatus theory – Neitsche – the instrument we use to write also co-writes

  • Apparatus theory allows a set of thoughts outside of film about the material 
    • Lacan, Althusser, Husserl (not Heidegger)
  • Jean Louis Baudry – Le dispositif 
    • Cave allegory – Plato
  • Pleynet 
  • Jean Louis Comolli 

When we are used to Foucauldian archeology we have trouble enmeshing the idea of archeology and utopia: AnArchaeology


Overall intention:  Varienatology 

  • As many links / variation of genealogies as possible
  • All revolutions come from the provinces – people from little villages
  • Not Eurocentristic but mondial – Glissant
    • Mondialite as alternative to globalisation – connectivity without standardisation
    • The mediterranean sea as a medium – the territorium 
    • In the carribean – the task is not to unify, but to communicate, to master the medium of the seas
    • Universal versus pluriversal

james joyce marcel duchamp erik satie an alphabet

  • “just write it down as though you were dancing” 


Hegel’s Mistake

  • The ladder of history – the end of history culminating in Berlin
  • Thinking on ‘southern’ from Hegel
    • Tradition alleges that in former times a state composed of women made itself famous by its conquests: it was a state at whose head was a woman. She is said to have pounded her own son in a mortar, to have besmeared herself with the blood, and to have had the blood of pounded children constantly at hand. She is said to have driven away or put to death all the males, and commanded the death of all male children. These furies destroyed everything in the neighbourhood, and were driven to constant plunderings, because they did not cultivate the land. Captives in war were taken as husbands: pregnant women had to betake themselves outside the encampment; and if they had born a son, put him out of the way.
  • 7000 / 8000 year history of the chinese flute – Xu Fei 2008
  • Performance of the fighting chess figures 
    • DAI NIANZU (Beijing) Electricity, Magnetism, and Culture in Ancient ChinaArabic Science

Image of the eye – arabic renaissance – connection between the mechanical part of the eye and the brain 

  • Ibn al-Haytham “Kitab al-Manazir” – writing ‘in a cave’ – “Book of Optics” – 11th century
  • Abdelhamid Sabra – translator 
  • Witelo (Poland) 
  • Fridrich Risner (latin translation of Book of Optics – he does not translate all the parts, just the end of the experiments, not the description thereof) 
  • Experimental practice very important 

The two ideas relating optics/seeing and thinking – were written in the dark – Plato and al-Haytham.




Tension between the black box and phantasms (which disappear) and the idea of competence.  Flusser’s idea of playing with the technical object from Philosophy of Photography


Where do you locate this resistance to hermeunetics – in the denial of the subject? 


Presencing the art / technology / science – trifecta – does the competence with the technologies take away the ‘art’?  Zielinskis’ triangle representing balance – between poles of a spectrum – but how to reconfigured, radically, the nature of art? (as technical)

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