Michael Nagenborg is Assistant Professor for Philosophy of Technology at the University of Twente. He has worked on Surveillance and Security Technologies for many years and is, at the moment, particularly focusing on citizen-centred approaches to urban safety.
„Videodrome“ offers a good example of „dark media“ (Eugene Thacker): A medium that functions too well. Here, television becomes a way of spreading a diseases. In his talk, Michael Nagenborg will explore the similarities and differences to other examples of “dark media” such as the ones portrait in “Ring” (1998) and “Pulse” (2001). We will ask in our discussion, if there is a need to update “Videodrome” which is situated in a world, where videotapes and satellite television were new and, hence, scary technologies? Or is “Videodrome” a tale of stochastic terrorism avant la lettre?
film+talk “Videodrome” ZONDAG 14:30
After watching the film “Videodrome” from John Carpenter we will elaborate on the ‘dark media”