The Lab Book

Situated Practices in Media Studies

by Darren WershlerLori EmersonJussi Parikka

Despite their sudden visibility due to the burgeoning of the digital humanities, media labs have a surprisingly long history. As part of the historical avant-gardes, media arts labs were the sites where the new materials and aesthetics of technical modernity were developed. They often share a common ideology, tied not just to the neoliberal drive to privatize, innovate and disrupt, but to long-standing modernist ideas about creative destruction, quantification and the value of scientificity. The Lab Book will thoroughly document and explicate this significant cultural force.

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    The University of Minnesota Press gratefully acknowledges the generous support provided for the publication of this book by a Eugene M. Kayden Research Grant from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

    Copyright 2022 by Darren Wershler, Lori Emerson, and Jussi Parikka
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