Synchronicity as a cultural practice

Year: 2007 Type: Print publication Languages: German, English Price: 18.00 € Format: 20 x 27 cm, softcover with flaps Scope: 134 p., numerous images, color and b/w ISBN: 978-3-938515-12-9

Today, multitasking is considered a key cultural practice. Although the meaning of the term is only vaguely defined, multitasking can be seen as an inescapable, ubiquitous consequence of our computerized and globalized world of work and communication. This publication, produced in cooperation with Potsdam’s University and University of Applied Sciences, explores manifestations of multitasking and its entanglements with the economy, the media, and society. The focus is on the question of the technical, social, and mental impact of the increasing acceleration and concentration of processes of information, decision-making, and action in modern, media-supported everyday life. Exhibition catalog and journal in one, the publication brings works by artists including Cory Arcangel, Fischli/Weiss, Stefan Panhans, and Adrian Piper together with interdisciplinary essays from the humanities and natural sciences on the phenomenon of multitasking, including texts on polymorphous images, tactile instruments, and cyborgs.

Eds.: nGbK and European Media Studies, FH Potsdam

Work group: Marlen Ebert, Jana Hyner, Jan Ketz, Susanne Köhler, Barbara Lauterbach, Anke Ulrich, Christina Werner

With contributions by: Nils Röller, Hannes Mandel, Margarete Pratschke, Josef Priller, Adrian Piper