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Conference Media Matters: Friedrich Kittler and Technoculture

Alex Galloway
Caroline Basset

Kate Southworth

27 - 28 June, 2008,
Tate Modern, Star Auditorium
London, UK

Tate Modern
London Consortium
Goethe Institute

Media Matters: Friedrich Kittler and Technoculture is a conference organised in association with the London Consortium, Birkbeck, Goethe-Institut and iRes, University College Falmouth and took place on 27-28 June in Tate Modern in London.

One of today's foremost media theorists, Friedrich Kittler has been hailed as the 'Derrida of the digital age'. This exciting event offered a rare opportunity to hear Professor Kittler in person. It also brought together a range of major thinkers and practitioners in the fields of cultural theory, film and digital arts to explore our complex relationship with the technologies that surround us.

This conference was a two-day series of events comprising:
- A keynote lecture and performance by Friedrich Kittler with Joulia Strauss and Martin Carlé: "Preparing the Arrival of the Gods"
- A symposium featuring leading thsinkers in the fields of cultural theory, film and the arts
- 'Gramophones, Films, Typewriters': audio, video and text works curated by Seth Kim-Cohen

Kate Southworth, iRes Cluster Leader was invited to chair one of the three panels, entitled 'Film'. The panelists were Alexander R. Galloway, theorist and a programmer who teaches at New York University and Caroline Basset, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Media and Film at University of Sussex and Director of the Centre for Material Digital Culture.