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Media zoology and waste management: Animal energies and medianatures

by Jussi Parikka In this article I will investigate the relations of media and ecology, arguing that the incorporation of nature and ecology as part of the media theoretical discourse should also be connected to the ecological contexts in which theory is being produced. This means a concretisation of media ecology in terms of its […]

‘The Sown and the Waste’ – or, the psychedelic writing of film history

by Casper Tybjerg The word ‘psychedelic’ was coined in the 1950s by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond to describe hallucinogenic drugs like mescaline and LSD – but this essay will not be about either the history of ‘head’ films or how to write film history on acid. What I want to do is to show what film […]

Documentaries without documents? Ecocinema and the toxic

by Karl Schoonover In his Theory of Film, Siegfried Kracauer tasks the medium of cinema with a particularly modernist realism, one that recovers the significance of things cast aside and overlooked views. For him, the medium fulfills its potential when it produces images that defamiliarise the familiar or expose what is hidden right in front […]

Transcending obsolescence in technological ruins? Questions of conservation and presentation in Nam June Paik’s ‘Something Pacific’ and ‘Rembrandt Automatic’

by Hanna B. Hölling Introduction Standing amidst the lively garden of the campus of the University of California, San Diego, I am looking at the many television sets, Buddhas, and elements of various electronic devices scattered around. As the first outdoor ensemble of the Korean video artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006), the installation Something Pacific […]

Blood, sweat, and tears: Bodily inscriptions in contemporary experimental film

by Kim Knowles In history as in nature, decay is the laboratory of life. – Karl Marx[1] The contemporary works discussed in this article emerge from a wider desire in experimental film to (re)discover the aesthetic and critical potential of celluloid as it shifts, to employ the terminology coined by Raymond Williams, from the dominant […]

‘The Sprawl of Entropy’: Cinema, waste, and obsolescence in the 1960s and 1970s

by Matilde Nardelli The following discussion broaches the relation between cinema and waste not so much by addressing examples of cinema about waste, but by presenting cinema itself as a kind of waste. Such an approach is in part prompted by current debates about the obsolescence of cinema, be this obsolescence considered in strictly material […]

Orbital ruins

by Lisa Parks Thousands of satellites and space objects have fallen back to earth since the space age began. In May 1968, the Nimbus B-1 weather satellite plummeted into the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Santa Barbara. The fallen satellite was recovered, intact, from the bottom of the Santa Barbara channel, but its […]

Waste: An introduction

by Alexandra Schneider and Wanda Strauven It all started with a documentary photo-project commissioned to Dorothee Wenner, filmmaker, curator, and delegate for India and Sub-Saharan Africa for the Berlinale. However, unfortunately, what appeared to be a perfect opening for this thematic section – a photographic essay on obsolete film machinery in the non-Western world – […]

Editorial Necsus

The special section in this issue of NECSUS addresses the phenomenon of waste in the broad range of past and present media practices. We are happy to introduce here, for the first time in the journal, the work of two guest editors: Alexandra Schneider and Wanda Strauven (University of Amsterdam). In this special section, Schneider […]

NECSUS #4, Autumn 2013, ‘Waste’ — call for papers

The call for papers has been published for NECSUS #4, Autumn 2013, ‘Waste’. The guest editors for this special section are Alexandra Schneider (University of Amsterdam) and Wanda Strauven (University of Amsterdam). We look forward to receiving abstracts of 500 words and a short bio of no more than 150 words by 1 December 2012.