Marshall McLuhan Lecture 2012 – Andrew Feenberg, Marshall McLuhan Salon, Berlin


Marshall McLuhan Lecture 2012 / Andrew Feenberg
With the Marshall McLuhan Lecture, the transmediale invites a figure in the Canadian cultural landscape, whose work expands on McLuhan’s media theories in the context of contemporary culture and society, to present their insights. The Marshall McLuhan Lecture 2012 will be held by Andrew Feenberg.
Lecture topic: Ten Paradoxes of Technology
This lecture presents a philosophy of technology. It draws on what we have learnt in the last 30 years as we abandoned old Heideggerian and positivist notions and faced the real world of technology. It turns out that most of our common sense ideas about technology are wrong. This is why Feenberg has put his ten propositions in the form of paradoxes, although he uses the word loosely to refer to the counter-intuitive nature of much of what we know about technology. The story is one of reconciling the incompatibilities between whole and part, lay and expert, means and ends, authority and democracy, reason and experience.

Wednesday, Feb 1, 18:00, Marshall McLuhan Salon, Embassy of Canada, Ebertstrasse 14, 10117 Berlin
This is a free event and the lecture will take place in English. To RSVP please email with the subject heading ‘McLuhan Lecture’. Please be prepared to present valid photo-ID at the door.

Andrew Feenberg’s homepage:

Marshall McLuhan Salon / The Jeremy Bailey Collection
transmediale 2012 and the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada present the exhibition The Jeremy Bailey Collection by Jeremy Bailey.
“Jeremy Bailey is a new media, video and performance artist whose work is often confidently self-deprecating in offering hilarious parodies of new media vocabularies” (Marisa Olson, Rhizome). This exhibition marks Bailey’s first in Berlin and will include recent examples of many of his signature video works and ephemera, including Public Sculpture, VideoPaint, Colours of the Spectrum and Video Terraform Dance Party. In these works Bailey’s “famous new media artist” persona demonstrates custom software of his own design. This software typically incorporates gestural interfaces and often augments reality in a way that Bailey satirically proposes makes us “much much more creative”. Bailey applies his creative panache to help solve a diverse set of problems, from fascist oppression to city planning.

Preview date & time: Feb 1, 20:00 – 22:00 (following the Marshall McLuhan Lecture)
Exhibition dates: open daily from Feb 1 – 5, 2012
Opening times: Thur and Fri: 10:00 – 18:00, Sat and Sun: 14:00 – 18:00
Address: Marshall McLuhan Salon, Embassy of Canada, Ebertstrasse 14, 10117 Berlin

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