Infrascapes for Media Archaeographers, co-written with Dr. Jussi Parikka is now published in “Archaeographies: Aspects of Radical Media Archaeology”, Moritz Hiller and Stefan Höltgen, Eds, Berlin: Schwabe Verlag, 2019.
EXCERPT: While labs might have become one particular place for investigation of the fundus of media culture, the grey underbellies of technologies are of course not restricted to the urban spaces let alone academia where one investigates them within such an analytically refined atmosphere. Surely needless to state this, but media exist in the great outdoors and as physical architectures that increasingly are of interest to media archaeographers. The already itself long- time mediated practices of landscape paintings might have been one mile- stone in defining key Western attitudes as to what is the landscape as an object of analysis and control, but the forms of inscription – the graphein –of media exists increasingly as the true landscape forming force. One partic- ular case in point is energy – and energy infrastructures, as they both convey the enabling possibility of what counts as media (in operation, in energetic transactions, as it does in technical media culture that needs more than the cranking hand to get time into movement) and the visible forms at sites urban and non-urban. While we present a visual essay of some examples of what we call infrascapes – those infrastructural landscapes that are of interest to media studies as much to landscape architects and geographers – we want to acknowledge that even before these images, the landscape is already always inscribed in multiple materials and communication enabling tech- nologies. That is the first-order archaeography before those infrastructures enable particular university institutes to analyze the epistemological side of this infrastructure. Infrascapes are then another part of what we could collo- quially call the chicken and egg of media – it takes media to talk and analyze media.