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January 7, 2011

Tuesday 15th February

Daniel Rourke (Goldsmiths, University of London)

‘Errors in Things and the “Friendly Medium”’


What is it about a particular media that makes it successful? Drawing a mini history from printing-press smudges to digital compression artefacts this lecture considers the value of error, chance and adaptation in contemporary media. Biological evolution unfolds through error, noise and mistake. Perhaps if we want to maximise the potential of media, of digital text and compressed file formats, we first need to determine their inherent redundancy. Or, more profoundly, to devise ways to maximise or even increase that redundancy.


Daniel Rourke is a writer and researcher based in London. His work explores the forgotten territories of text and writing, through experiments with alternate art history, post-humanist philosophy, digital noise and fictional science. Daniel is currently undertaking a Practice-Based PhD in Art and Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Find him on the web at MachineMachine.Net


Daniel has made some ‘excess’ material related to his talk available. Browse the Open-Media /stream for related material.

More information about this material and the slides accompanying his talk are available here.

The slides will also be made available together with the podcast of Daniel’s talk here.



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