Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | The Year of X-Ra(y)/ted Mysticism: A Media Archaeological Perspective

Title:
The Year of X-Ra(y)/ted Mysticism: A Media Archaeological Perspective
Author:
Yun-Csang Ghimn: University of Alberta/Athabasca University, Canada
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
023
Pages:
217-225
No. of pages:
9
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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The early modern concept of communicatio—i.e. “action from a distance” such as Locke’s association by deus ex machina and Newton’s general attraction—returned in the late 19th century; getting aroused not only by science but also technologies for example “spirit” photography and Roentgen’s discovery. Edison attempted to penetrate the skull and Jordan to capture thoughts on a “psychic retina;” both in vain. These are more than hoaxes since; without people’s fascination over extrasensory perception; Jordan e.g. could not have rhetorically validated his investigation merely by adopting radiological credibility; how do we explain this wishful expectation? Huhtamo et al.’s media archaeology undertakes “first; the study of the cyclically recurring elements and motives underlying and guiding the development of media culture; second; the ‘excavation’ of the ways in which these discursive traditions and formulations have been ‘imprinted’ on specific media machines and systems in different historical contexts; contributing to their identity in terms of socially and ideologically specific webs of signification.” Hence depicting medical or everyday media as ones for any unknown world (or mediums) remains consistent in many Japanese horror films—Cure (phonographic record); Ring (video tape); Pulse (internet); Dark Water (instant picture); One Missed Call (mobile phone).

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Yun-Csang Ghimn
Title:
The Year of X-Ra(y)/ted Mysticism: A Media Archaeological Perspective
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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Yun-Csang Ghimn
Title:
The Year of X-Ra(y)/ted Mysticism: A Media Archaeological Perspective
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