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Erich Hörl (ed.), Nelly Y. Pinkrah (ed.), ...: Critique and the Digital

Erich Hörl (ed.), Nelly Y. Pinkrah (ed.), Lotte Warnsholdt (ed.)

Critique and the Digital

Softcover, 320 pages

Date of publication: 14.10.2020

In this volume the editors gather diverse perspectives on one agreed-upon condition: that the computational power of today’s world has fundamentally transformed all aspects of this very world. This requires the investigation and questioning not only of the possible sites of critique but also of the concept of critique as such.

If there used to be a critical subject constituted in the cultural techniques of modernity, and if digitality, as a condition, indicates itself as a product of modernity while at the same time somehow being its very ending, what are the determinable ramifications? Digitality severely alters the critical subject and its spatio-temporal relations, and therefore interferes with its potentiality to be a critical subject. The authors of this volume therefore do not proclaim a crisis of critique, but rather ask how and what critique in the digital might be, to then look at specific settings of critique and critical practices.

With contributions by Clemens Apprich, Timon Beyes, Mark Hansen, Erich Hörl, Holger Kuhn, Luciana Parisi, Ying Sze Pek, Claus Pias, Nelly Y. Pinkrah, Judith Sieber, Lotte Warnsholdt.

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Erich Hörl

Erich Hörl

holds the Chair of Media Culture and Media Philosophy at Leuphana University Lüneburg. He works on the conceptualization of a general ecology and publishes internationally on the history, the problems and challenges of the contemporary technological condition. Among his publications are General Ecology. The New Ecological Paradigm (ed., London 2017); Die technologische Bedingung (ed., Berlin 2011); Sacred Channels: On the Archaic Illusion of Communication (Amsterdam 2018); Gérard Granel: Die totale Produktion, ed. and with an introduction by Erich Hörl (Vienna 2020).

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Nelly Y. Pinkrah

is a PhD candidate at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, DFG research training group “Cultures of Critique.”

Lotte Warnsholdt

is a junior fellow at the IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies, University of Art and Design Linz, and a PhD candidate at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, DFG research training group “Cultures of Critique.”