Synopses & Reviews
The avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century inhabited the media discourses of their time like parasites, constantly irritating and taking from them. Dadaists ripped images of a mechanically reproduced world out of newspapers and magazines and reassembled them in their collages. Futurists instrumentalized the brevity of telegraph messages for their free word poetics. Artists such as F.T. Marinetti, Raoul Hausmann, and Luigi Russolo constantly abused existing media technologies and hijacked public communication. Niebisch traces how the early avant-garde movements started out as parasites inhabiting and irritating the emerging mass media circuits of the press, cinema, and wired and wireless communication and how they aimed at creating a media ecology based on and inspired by technologies such as the radio and the photo cell.
About the Author
Arndt Niebisch is Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a post-doctorate position at the University of Vienna. His research focuses on the intersection of science, technology, and literary production. He edited the scientific and technical writings of the Dadaist Raoul Hausmann and has published on authors such as Franz Kafka, Jules Verne, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Table of Contents
The Press and the ParasitesPoetic Media EffectsParasitic MediaParasitic NoiseEther ParasitesConclusion: Odradek and the Future of the Parasite