Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation

with Alexander Galloway, Eugene Thacker and McKenzie Wark

Wednesday 12 February, 2014
6 - 8:30pm, $0

New School, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13 Street, Room I205

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Join us in celebrating the publication of Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation by Alexander Galloway (New York University) Eugene Thacker (The New School) and McKenzie Wark (The New School), who will be present for questions and conversation. Copies of their book will be available for purchase.

Published by University of Chicago Press as part of their "Trios" series, in three linked essays Excommunication looks at mediation in the face of banishment, exclusion, and heresy, and by contemplating the possibilities of communication with the great beyond.       

"Always connect"—that is the imperative of today’s media. But what about those moments when media cease to function properly, when messages go beyond the sender and receiver to become excluded from the world of communication itself—those messages that state: “There will be no more messages”? In this book, Alexander R. Galloway, Eugene Thacker, and McKenzie Wark turn our usual understanding of media and mediation on its head by arguing that these moments reveal the ways the impossibility of communication is integral to communication itself—instances they call excommunication.

Reexamining common place definitions of media, mediation, and communication, Excommunication offers a glimpse into the realm of the non-human to find a theory of mediation adequate to our present condition.

Light refreshments will be served.

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