Please join us to celebrate the launch of
Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation,
by Alexander Galloway, Eugene Thacker & McKenzie Wark
published by the University of Chicago Press
Wednesday, 12th February 6.00PM-8.30PM
The Hirschorn Room, Arnhold Hall
The New School, 55 West 13th Street (near 6th ave)
All welcome. Drinks and light refreshments.
Published by University of Chicago Press as part of their “Trios” series, in three linked essays Excommunication looks at mediation in the face of banishment, exclusion, and heresy, and by contemplating the possibilities of communication with the great beyond.
“Always connect”—that is the imperative of today’s media. But what about those moments when media cease to function properly, when messages go beyond the sender and receiver to become excluded from the world of communication itself—those messages that state: “There will be no more messages”? In this book, Alexander R. Galloway, Eugene Thacker, and McKenzie Wark turn our usual understanding of media and mediation on its head by arguing that these moments reveal the ways the impossibility of communication is integral to communication itself—instances they call excommunication.
Reexamining common place definitions of media, mediation, and communication, Excommunication offers a glimpse into the realm of the non-human to find a theory of mediation adequate to our present condition.