Enzyklopädie der Medien. Band 6 Theorie und Medien

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Author: Peter Weibel Edited by: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, ZKM/Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe Graphic Design: Renata Sas German Februar 2024, 380 Pages, 100 Ills. Paperback 245mm x 165mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3875-0

The sixth and thus final volume of Peter Weibel's Enzyklopädie der Medien, a selection of his writings, is entitled Theorie und Medien. Wahrnehmung und Wandel der Welt durch und mit Medien. It brings together groundbreaking texts on media and art theory by the recently deceased artist, curator and theorist on the question of how the media (arts) change, simulate and constitute our world. Starting from the observation of observation and the interface, Weibel outlines the media(-arts) as a place to reflect on our access to the world. Weibel provides us tools for analysing virtual worlds and images. The focus lies on the convergence of art and science, nature and technology, from which new systems of knowledge emerge. Furthermore, Weibel develops a theory of multiple modernities in which representation is replaced not only by abstraction but also by real objects, materiality and a new tool culture. With the term "Kontextkunst", Weibel reveals art as a social construction. In doing so, he always addresses the social relevance of (media) art.

PETER WEIBEL (1944–2023) is an internationally known media and conceptual artist, curator, and art and media theoretician. Since the 1960s his work has firmly regarded artistic creativity as an open-ended field of activity. He was head of the ZKM, Karlsruhe until 2020. Since 2017 he has been director of the Peter Weibel Research Institute for Digital Culture at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna.