Entry: Outerspace
Focus: National Geographic Extraterrestrial

National Geographic Channel's Extraterrestrials website. Could life exist on other planets? Find out what the leading scientists think.


Entry: Media in Transition
Focus: New Media, 1740-1915

Reminding us that all media were once new, this book challenges the notion that to study new media is to study exclusively today's new media. Examining a variety of media in their historic contexts, it explores those moments of transition when new media were not yet fully defined and their significance was still in flux. Examples range from familiar devices such as the telephone and phonograph to unfamiliar curiosities such as the physiognotrace and the zograscope. Moving beyond the story of technological innovation, the book considers emergent media as sites of ongoing cultural exchange. It considers how habits and structures of communication can frame a collective sense of public and private and how they inform our apprehensions of the "real." By recovering different (and past) senses of media in transition, New Media, 1740-1915 promises to deepen our historical understanding of all media and thus to sharpen our critical awareness of how they acquire their meaning and power.


Entry: Experimental Phenomenology
Focus: Sponge

Embedding and infusion characterize Sponge's approach to new media, matter, symbol and social capital. Sponge is both a production entity realizing hybrid media spaces and performances as well as a think tank conducting public conversations about the creation of new imaginaries. Its current research interests lie in micro-performance, responsive environments, media choreography, substrate architecture and experimental phenomenology. LINK>>>>>