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INSECT MEDIA wins the SCMS Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award
Author Jussi Parikka recognized for "the best new scholarly work that exemplifies rigorous, interdisciplinary and theoretical inquiry into issues of vision and visuality."Mar 01, 2012
University of Minnesota Press is proud to announce that Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology by Jussi Parikka is the winner of this year's Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
Insect Media analyzes how insect forms of social organization—swarms, hives, webs, and distributed intelligence—have been used to structure modern media technologies and the network society. Through close engagement with the pioneering work of insect ethologists, posthumanist philosophers, media theorists, and contemporary filmmakers and artists, Jussi Parikka provides a radical new perspective on the interconnection of biology and technology.
"Jussi Parikka offers a theory of media that challenges our traditional views of the natural and the artificial. Parikka not only understands insects through the lens of media and mediation, he also unearths an insect logic at the heart of our contemporary fascination with networks, swarming, and intelligent agents. Such a project requires the ability to interweave cultural theory with a deep understanding of the sciences—something for which Parikka is well-suited. Most importantly, Insect Media reminds us of the non-human aspect of media, communication, intelligence. Insect Media is a book that is sure to create a buzz."—Eugene Thacker, author of After Life