Posted on 2017/10/21 by

Since the beginning of this class, and more generally of my university career, I have been more interested in the studying of studying than the study content itself. I have spent more time thinking about why we are studying Milton and Shakespeare in Introduction to Literature than reading the works of the authors themselves. In Read More

Posted on 2017/10/19 by

The Future Collection: A Troubling

In the article “Teaching Collections Management Anthropologically” Cara Krmpotich describes the information technology and Coach House objects that she and her researcher Robyn Watt had assembled into a teaching collection. Krmpotich passingly remarks on it as resembling “what might be in a collection of the future: objects that will be historic decades from now”(114). The Read More

Posted on 2017/10/18 by

“World’s Greatest Dad”: The Ideological Work of the Richler Room Ephemera

In “Teaching Collections Management Anthropologically,” Cara Krmpotich details the iterative, multi-stage creation of a teaching collection for use by her Collections Management class at the University of Toronto. After briefly outlining the pedagogical importance of students’ embodied interactions with objects of material culture, Krmpotich discusses her initial challenge of not having a dedicated collection associated Read More

Posted on 2017/10/17 by

Game Boy: Bridging Cultures (North America & Mexico) or Game Portability and Enjoyment in the Times of Nostalgia

For the following presentation, I have employed the method that proposes Jules David Prown in Mind in Matter, beginning with a short description of the object in question; then moving to the deduction stage to finalize with speculation. (Show a picture of the Classic GB + Original Packaging (1989) from “History of Consoles”) Before your Read More

Posted on 2017/10/12 by

“Our writing tools are also working on our thoughts”: On Kittler, Nietzsche, and Richler’s Facit TP1

Wanda Strauven, in “Media Archaeology: Where Film History, Media Art, and New Media (Can) Meet,” stresses media archaeology’s debt to Foucault’s own archaeological work: “One could say that media archaeology starts where Foucault’s analyses end” (68). However, immediately following this remark, she cites Kittler’s incisive critique of Foucauldian archaeological methodology, an insight that proves central Read More

Posted on 2017/10/12 by

The Cold Gaze of the R.O.B.: Entangling Culture and Ernst’s Media Archaeology 

Wolfgang Ernst’s notion of “media archaeology” is intended as a radical challenge to what he sees as the implicitly anthropocentric tendency of media studies toward historical narrative. As he posits, media archaeology is “both a method and an aesthetics of practicing media criticism, a kind of epistemological reverse engineering, and an awareness of moments when Read More

Posted on 2017/10/10 by

Mountbatten probe

YouTube video for context The first artefact from the Mordecai Richler collection that I choose to look at is the biography of Earl Louis Mountbatten of Burma. It is a weighty tome, 756 pages, about one and a half kilos, hard cover with book jacket, described by the author as ‘massive. The size is a Read More

Posted on 2016/11/15 by

The Controller is Mightier than the Pen: How Video Games Blur the Lines of Authorship

There’s an argument to be made that the video game, as a medium, is inherently post-modern. If that, as a statement, is too general or perhaps diminutive, then it’s perhaps safer to say that the medium reflects certain key characteristics of post-modernism as it appears in art: there’s a tendency towards self-reflexivity, an arguably necessary Read More

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