Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar discuss tomorrow via the spreads from their radical artist’s book, Age Of Earthquakes April 6, 2015 “We see this as a kind of DIY manual.” Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine co-director, and arguably his generations finest curator, is very excited. He’s describing his new book, a radical updating of […]


This is a non-scholarly journalistic look back at Marshall McLuhan’s The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man. It is mostly an appreciation but it also includes some cutting comments about McLuhan’s “obscure” writing style and criticism of McLuhan’s “matrix” structure for the book. He should have read the page that is untitled and unpaginated that precedes […]


What do Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, media theorist Marshall McLuhan and Canadian popular culture have in common? This is the question that Mark A. McCutcheon seeks to answer in his new book, The Medium Is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology, published in 2018 by Athabasca University Press. In this unique and penetrating analysis, McCutcheon […]


The Medium Is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein & the Discourse of Technology About the Book: Technology, a word that emerged historically first to denote the study of any art or technique, has come, in modernity, to describe advanced machines, industrial systems, and media. McCutcheon argues that it is Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein that effectively reinvented the meaning of […]


(Click on the above box or any image for an expanded view) AUTHORS Julia M. Hildebrand (Drexel University) and Barry Vacker (Temple University) 1. INTRODUCTION Anthropocene — Mediacene. Layers of fossils — Layers of media technology. Ways of living — Ways of seeing. If we are in the Anthropocene, then how can we not be in the Mediacene? […]


Location: MSD – Münster School of Design, Leonardo-Campus 6 – Münster, Germany Events MSD – Münster School of Design Date/Time:  30. November – 01. December/All Day Keynote Speakers: Derrick de Kerckhove, Lars Elleström, Eric McLuhan and Göran Sonesson In the era of the so-called digitalization, a variety of multimodal technologies have a great impact on the structural […]


For beginners studying Marshall McLuhan’s ideas, I usually recommend that they read the famous Playboy interview (1969) in which he is resolutely cogent and unambiguous for a non-academic reading audience, proving that he could be that when he wanted to be. You can download a PDF of it here https://goo.gl/13QXas.  Second, I recommend that they read his The […]


for Youth Arts, Manifesto, Toronto 2012. Photo by Leah Snyder 2013 THE YEAR OF THE ARTIST: McLuhan’s Musings on the Role of the Artist in Society Art as Survival Thrival in the Electric Digital Age “The job of the artist is to upset all the senses and thus provide new vision and new powers of adjusting to and relating […]


St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto introduces the McLuhan Seminar in Creativity and Technology Offered for the first time in 2018-2019, The McLuhan Seminar is an exploration of the relationship between creativity and technology.Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), one of the most charismatic and wide-ranging thinkers of the 20th century, taught at St. Michael’s College from 1946 until […]


The Medium Is the Message Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, January 20, 2018, 8PM (3 PM EST North America) Generation X author Douglas Coupland explores the ideas, sound, and vision of media seer Marshall McLuhan who in the 1960s coined the phrases “the medium is the message” and “the global village”. Marshall McLuhan was the first […]