Friday, September 4, 2009

Régine Debatty on Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter's exhibiton 'Awake Are Only the Spirits'

"In his book Gramophone, Film, Typewriter, Friedrich Kittler draws parallels between the introduction of a new media and spiritism. The Morse alphabet was quickly adopted in seances of spiritism to converse with the deceased. On some photographic plates one could sometimes discern the face of a ghosts. In 1893, Edison described the 10 uses he imagined for the phonogram and one of them was to record 'the last words of dying persons'..."

this statement begins Régine Debatty's review of 'Awake Are Only the Spirits' - On Ghosts and Their Media exhibition at HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) in Dortmund, Germany. the Media Art exhibition 'Awake Are Only the Spirits' is curated by Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter. Debatty comments that this exhibition re-instills her enthusiasm about Media Art:

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