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INTRODUCTION: FRIEDRICH KITTLER’S LIGHT SHOWS John Durham Peters Optical Media may be Friedrich Kittler’s best book for the uniniti- ated. It is breezy . Optical Media provides an accessible introduction to the media theory of Kittler’s middle period as it applies primar¬ ily to the optical realm. (Kittler’s chief interest. Optical Media by Friedrich A. Kittler, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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After examining this history, Kittler then addresses the ways in which images were first frieddich and made to move through the development of photography and film.

It is therefore obvious that, to take the first example that comes to mind, in the relationship between feature film and television the most popular content of television broadcasts is littler, the content of this film is naturally a novel, the content of this novel is naturally a typescript, the content of this typescript, etc.

The camera obscura receives images; the magic lantern sends them; the camera stores them. Light Optical Media begins by praising the sun – a basic and brilliant fact before us that none of us directly see – courtesy of Dante and Leonardo.

His books and lectures are marked by occasional bawdy comments not to mention picturessomething that reveals an unreconstructed gender politics that would be hard to find surfacing openly in a university in the US or UK in the past two decades.

The sense organs are signal processors, relatively weak ones at that, and Kittier rigorously refuses to take human quantities as the measure of all things; for him we cannot know our bodies and senses until they have been externalized in media.

We would always only be able to grasp the external facade that the electronics industry consciously displays, while the interior of the apparatus would remain concealed beneath its cover, whose instructions permit it to be opened only by an expert. This will still be shown in technical positivity, but optixal I will briefly sketch out the fundamental principles.


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Of course, it is crucial to take Kittler, like everyone else, with a pinch of salt. A lecture on optical media can verify the facts of the case: The sun is both obvious and profound, and this beginning features Kittler at his most elemental, in his guise as a devotee of Mediterranean light, a celebrant of illumination and its intoxication.

You can imagine the results. In the final section, Kittler examines the development of electrical telecommunications and electronic image processing from television to computer simulations. Inigo Lopez de Recalde, later known as Loyola, was the scion of a Basque squiredom, and in he defended Pamplona against the French.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Millions of stones serve merely to encase a non-place. In or – we do not know exactly – Friedrcih Battista Alberti took a stroll in, of all places, the Vatican gardens with, of kittller people, a certain Dato, who was by profession secret scribe to the Pope.

The reason why the missionaries belonged to the Jesuit Order of all people is still being considered today. The legal, social, and political dimensions of the prevailing mevia structures are then only consequences of these technical solutions. He begins by looking at European painting since the Renaissance in order to discern the principles according to which modern optical perception How coding, channeling and decoding takes places in material channels that are surrounded by noise.

This was precisely true of the Baptistry during the morning. Publishing lectures while one is alive changes the equation a bit.

Being, in an eminent sense, allows itself in principle not to be seen today, although or because it allows the visible first to be seen. When a television is set on a frequency between the regular channels, this noise appears to our 45 OPTICAL MEDIA sensory organs which are otherwise blind to noise like snow made of points of pure light that correspond to some accidental event like spark plugs or distant galaxies.

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It is therefore no wonder that the first descriptions of a functional camera obscura came from Italy, the western European country with the brightest sunlight: Brunelleschi therefore made a hole in the panel on which the picture was painted; and this hole was in fact exactly at the spot on the painting where [in reality] the eye would strike on the church of S. This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat Zeuxis wanted to pull the veil away in order to take a better look, but when he attempted to extend his hand towards the veil he realized it was also painted.


Even writing is a kind of incursion into time storing words for laterthough in a less radical way than film or phonograph. These elements are entirely of the same type, such as letters in the case of a spoken message or numbers in the case of computer technology or the individual pixels of a monitor.

He begins by looking at European painting since the Renaissance in order to discern the principles according to which modern optical perception was organised. Well, as Winthrop-Young has in his wonderful little intro Kittler and the Media articulated, this judgment seems to be worse than claiming that someone enjoys strangling cute puppies, and hence needs no more than the accusation — whereas exactly this point needs elaboration.

According to Lacan, the dimension of code, which I have just illustrated through artistic styles and aesthetic rules, appears under the title of the symbolic, which turns out to be essentially at home in the code of everyday language. Join 1, other followers.

In one of his dourly wonderful quips, Kittler notes that there can be media techniques without love, but no love without media techniques. Technologies of the Fine Arts 2.

I will only point out here that it goes without saying that women were once more the subjects of such experiments, but since this is a media history and not a love story, I prefer to steer clear of my suspicions concerning the purpose of the whole episode.