In my dissertation project, I examine the media landscape of early postsocialist China (also known as the “New Era,” roughly 1978-1989). Following the official end of the Cultural Revolution and Maoism, the socialist mediascape changed dramatically. Everyday media products like film, comics, newly available television, and early digital culture presented Reform Era consumers with an … Continue reading New Era, New Media? Liánhuánhuà and the Hand-drawn “Cinema” of the 1980s
“Ecoutez-vous” (eng. Listen to yourself) was the emblematic slogan of Radio des Travailleurs Liégeois (eng. Radio of the workers of Liège), a radio station created in the context of the workers’ movement in 1979 in the Belgian city of Liège. The aim of the radio station was to give a voice to the workers of … Continue reading Ecoutez-vous! Free radio in a border region between the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany
My dissertation „Decoding television in Switzerland“ is part of the research project “Beyond Public Service: Towards an Expanded History of Television in Switzerland, 1960 to 2000” which proposes to analyze the history of Swiss television from 1960 to 2000 in a multidisciplinary way. This research project, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and … Continue reading Decoding Swiss television. The discourses on television in Switzerland from 1967 to 1991.
This note ensues from my experience with photo archives during a research stay in the United States in 2017. The principal object of my inquiries was the idea of the photo archive itself, the way it came into being within the institutionalized space of public libraries, and the practices of knowledge organization–the collecting, processing, storing … Continue reading White Collar Photography: Paper machines and the labor practices of knowledge organization
“First world problems,” a thriving meme and a popular hash tag on twitter, is used to qualify complaints about the small inconveniences that sometimes come with the consumption of high status goods, especially the latest media technologies. Nigerian-American author Teju Cole has written a biting critique of “first world problems” on twitter pointing out that … Continue reading Media Machines: A Postcolonial Archaeology of New Media and Africa
A city in ruins. The camera pans over what once was the center of Dortmund, Germany. It captures people who live in wet basements and self-made sheds, people who steal coal from railway wagons and search for food in rubbish heaps. It catches malnourished children, dependent on food from foreign aid organizations, who explore this … Continue reading “The filming baker’s wife” Elisabeth Wilms – Amateur film practices and/as useful cinema culture