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 primarĀ¬ 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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Because moving images could not be stored in his own time, Plato equated the immortal and therefore self-storing soul with a wax writing slate, the medium of his own philosophy. To begin with the first question, I must go back a little further. Without specifications, manuals, and technical drawings new generations of computers would be an impossibility.

And he depicted in it all that could be seen in a single view; to paint meia he took up a position about three braccia inside the middle door of S. Today computers hold out the promise of a means of instant translation of any code or language into any other code or language.

And because Virilio defines war first of all as basically a game of hide-and-seek between two enemies, he is able to show how media effects are linked to military stratagems through optical illusions.

Otherwise, the medium of the lecture will generally remain the same mixture of acoustics and textuality that Nietzsche so ironically and precisely described. I have not forgotten the seemingly more obvious kitler Film kittled Television History, but rather I have simply avoided it. At that time, it was mandatory for novice craftsmen to serve an apprenticeship, just as it is today, and Brunelleschi served his under a goldsmith.

Dante, Paradiso XXII To be purely truthful, every lecture concerning optical media should begin by praising potical star that first made it possible to see earthly things at all. The human being is no longer the lord of the record or of the know- able universe.

Peep show cabinets were small, transportable devices for presenting images, which had one or two holes for the eyes and which were often fastened mesia the backs of traveling entertainers.


His lectures were blessedly free of PowerPoint, a bacillus that has now all but entirely colonized the habitat. Martin Heidegger certainly has crossed over into English, but here again it is important to get things right.

That may be statistically true, but it is methodologically unacceptable. Technologies of the Fine Arts 2. Leonardo supplied the first model aroundand Giambattista della Porta, the universal scientist and magician, supplied a more detailed model around To an outsider, the vehemence of his attacks seems friedricj of proportion, especially since he shares with Adorno interests in inscription systems and technologies of sound, and an understanding of music as a field of play between excess and obedience.

Rather, his Jesuit stage presented concrete interior spaces that were divided towards the side of the friedricb, and at the end of these spaces was a trapdoor in the floor of the stage that also guaranteed the direct entrance to hell Bidermannp. The impact on books is important because they are the only things in a position to provide evidence of the real bodily effects of media at times when there were no reader surveys or experimental psychological studies.

The first-order simulation was thus able to fool the eyes of animals, while the second-order simulation was also able to fool the eyes of humans.

Romantic poetry is the last gasp of the monopoly of writing before its nineteenth-century meltdown into audiovisual media. In other words, Alberti explicitly saw himself as a contemporary of Gutenberg. Retrieved from ” https: Readers of English scholarly prose still tend to expect a basic level of reasonableness and clarity – expectations that Kittler, like most other high-flying German thinkers since Hegel – will regularly topple.

This is kittleg of his willingness to make insightful mistakes.

The institutional points you pick frierdich are excellent, and fresh insights; earlier some others have picked up already something concerning the intellectual traditions. As a rule he wishes to have as many hearers as possible; he is potical content to have a few, and he is never satisfied with one only. Here, where we are concerned with the baroque and absolutism, the technology of illusions must be limited in a crucial way that will be important for the history of film.


It is not without reason that Bill Gates attempted in the last few years to realign his quasi-monopoly on computer operating systems with yet another monopoly on digital images.

War Kittier has recently said that after studying iittler for so long, he has decided to study love instead. In the age of intercontinental ballistic missiles and Teflon pans, one would say spin-offs.

Friedrich Kittler

They thus always projected the effects of their linear perspectives or camera obscuras only onto plane surfaces. He is not interested in audiences or effects, resistance or hegemony, stars or genres; he spends no time on subcultures, postcoloniality, gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, or class. To stick mdeia the chronology, the question arises as to how the new optical media changed literature via theater. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. This is called analog communication, as in the case of gramophone, microphone, radio or even photography, and while it is more familiar it is also unfortunately more difficult mathematically.

The Voice Imitator: Friedrich Kittler: Optical Media

No one interested in what it means to live in a media-saturated age can neglect his vital and controversial work. The small side-door was ajar, and when I walked in I saw a wax taper burning before a tall niche. In any case, a theory immediately began to circulate among physicians like Dr. It starts out with a clear presentation of Kittler’s media-theoretical premises and then offers a fascinating tour through the history of storing, manipulating and projecting light.

In other words, they could not send coded alphabetical messages. Kittler is in between philosophy, the history of music, computer science, and media theory. With the exception of the more modern mirror or lens system, therefore, the lanterna magica is a reversal of the camera obscura.