Marshall McLuhan at transmediale 2013, Berlin



The multimedia information centre of the Embassy of Canada in Berlin was named after the famous Canadian media philosopher Herbert Marshall McLuhan (1911 – 1980). It presents Canada using state-of-the-art technical equipment.

transmediale Marshall McLuhan Lecture 2013 with Ian Hacking

Ian HackingWed 30.01.2013 – 18:30

In collaboration with The Embassy of Canadatransmediale will present the Marshall McLuhan Lecture 2013: Plutos, Plutocrats, & Plutonium with the renowned Canadian philosopher Ian Hacking and historian of science respondent Lorraine Daston, discussing the importance of classification and naming, to our ways of inhabiting the world.

Ian Hacking is a Canadian theorist of science and philosopher of language. Since 1982 he was professor at the University of Toronto, and from 2001 to 2006 honorary professor of philosophy and history of scientific concepts at the Collège de France. Within the philosophy of science, Hacking, together with Nancy Cartwright, John Dupre and Patrick Suppes, belongs to the Stanford school, which is united by the critical approach to the reductionist ideal of unified science.


WED 30.01.2013 – 20:15
An exhibition by Jennifer Chan
Jennifer Chan (Ottawa, 1988) grew up in Hong Kong. She currently works between Toronto and Syracuse, NY.
As part of the “post-internet” generation of young artists, Jennifer Chan (ca) maintains three YouTube channels and five tumblr blogs all under different names and projects. Fluid and mediated identities definitely play an important role in her work, which displays an equal appreciation for and revolt of the long-standing interests and communities online, from sexually and spiritually infused new media business hype to the sometimes overcrowded, sometimes lonely vistas of cyberspace. The exhibition [[[ I’ll Show You HD ]]] consists of a series of “visual mixtapes” that all follow a vernacular remix aesthetic in which net culture is captured as a form of “found footage”. These are recontextualized through satirical montage, revealing how cleanliness of digital culture is actually full of contradictions and confused desires.

This exhibition is realized in cooperation with the Marshall McLuhan Salon at the Embassy of Canada, which holds one of the most significant collections of audio-visual material by and about the Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan, as well as a large number of his publications. Since 2007, exhibitions and events organized in cooperation with the transmediale have been held in the Salon. For transmediale 2013, the exhibition [[[ I’ll Show You HD ]]] and the Marshall McLuhan Lecture 2013 with Ian Hacking are on the program.  The exhibition [[[ I’ll Show You HD ]]] is a collaboration between transmediale and the Embassy of Canada.

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One Response to “Marshall McLuhan at transmediale 2013, Berlin”

  1. I would like very much to see/hear this presentation. Will it be available on youtube or other web site or blog?

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