Unconference Critique Digitale

Panel 2, Session 1 - Lausanne

Do., 21.10.21, 15.00 - 15.45

Title:Essential readings on digital criticism


Flusser, Vilém. Krise Der Linearität. Bern: Benteli Verlag, 1988.

Philosophy of Photography


Pasquinelli, Matteo. « Google’s PageRank Algorithm: A Diagram of Cognitive Capitalism and the Rentier of the Common Intellect ». In Deep Search, édité par Konrad Becker et Felix Stalder. London: Transaction Publishers, 2009. https://matteopasquinelli.com/society-of-the-query.

Pasquinelli, M. « Italian Operaismo and the Information Machine ». Theory, Culture \& Society 32, no 3 (2015): 49‑68.

Pasquinelli, Matteo. « On the Origins of Marx’s General Intellect ». Radical Philosophy 2.06. Consulté le 11 janvier 2020. https://www.academia.edu/39905170/On_the_Origins_of_Marx_s_General_Intellect.

History of Computing:

Edwards, Paul N. The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America. MIT Press, 1997.

To the necessity to open the black box of technology

Simondon, Gilbert. Du mode d’existence des objets techniques. Paris: Aubier, 2012.


Shuhei Hosokawa, Der Walkman-Effekt


Günther Anders, Die Antiquiertheit des Menschen


André Cardozo Sarli

Burrell, J. (2012). Invisible users: Youth in the Internet cafés of urban Ghana. Mit Press.

Mascheroni, G. (2020). Datafied childhoods: Contextualising datafication in everyday life. Current Sociology, 68(6), 798–813. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392118807534

Zuboff, S. (2015). Big other: surveillance capitalism and the prospects of an information civilization. Journal of information technology, 30(1), 75-89.


Lara Putnam: The transnational and the text-searchable: Digitized sources and the shadows they cast, in: American Historical Review, 121/2, p. 377-402.

Zeitkritische Medien : Wolfgang Ernst

e.g. Wolfgang Ernst: Signale aus der Vergangenheit: Eine kleine Geschichtskritik, Paderborn: Fink 2013.

Moritz Mähr (two sources rather than readings ;) )

(Read Turing, read Von Neumann…)

Moritz Mähr after thinking about Putnam (Wendelin) and Cordell (Nicolas)


On visualization technologies:

The complexity and difficult scrutability, and multidisciplinary dimensions of fMRI images:

Joseph Dumit / Picturing Personhood - Brain Scans and Biomedical: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity, 2003, https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Joseph-Dumit/dp/069111398X/

Victoria Fleury:

Drucker 2016: Johanna Drucker, “Graphical Approaches to the Digital Humanities”, in: A New Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens and John Unsworth (Chichester/Malden: John Wiley \& Sons, 2016), p. 238–250.


Rottenburg, Richard, Oulimata Gueye, Julien McHardy, and Philipp Ziegler (eds.), Digital Imaginaries: African Positions Beyond Binaries. Dakar/Johannesburg/Karlsruhe: Kër Thiossane/Wits Art Museum/ZKM, 2021. https://zkm.de/en/publication/digital-imaginaries-african-positions-beyond-the-binary

Premesh Lalu, “The Virtual Stampede for Africa: Digitization, Postcoloniality and Archives of the Liberation Struggles in Southern Africa”, in Divya Dwivedi and Sanil V, The Public Sphere from Outside the West (London, New York: Bloomsbury Publishing 2015), 225-239.


A not quite random walk: Experimenting with the ethnomethods of the algorithm — by Malte Ziewitz


Thinking critically about and researching algorithms — by Rob Kitchin


Nicolas Chachereau:

Ryan Cordell, « “Q i-jtb the Raven”: Taking Dirty OCR Seriously », Book History 20 (1), 25.10.2017, p. 188‑225. https://doi.org/10.1353/bh.2017.0006.

Nathan Ensmenger, « The Environmental History of Computing », Technology and Culture 59 (4), 2018, p. S7‑S33. https://doi.org/10.1353/tech.2018.0148.