about the site
Thanks for looking at the site. I am currently thinking of my writing in three parts: 1.) papers read or published in an academic context, including those about the writing of Vilém Flusser (1920-1991) 2.) art and photography criticism, and 3.) accounts of small events or situations from experience, pieces I take to be “non-fiction”. There is a more complete list in the c.v. Translation is listed separately.
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Flusser is well-known as a “media theorist,” and hardly known at all as a “games theorist.” But games figure often and prominently in his thinking and writing from the time of his earliest publications in the 1960s. I’m honoured to be a contributor to a new volume called Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism, edited by Aaron Jaffe and published at Bloomsbury, probably 2020. We agreed that I would write about Flusser’s understanding of games. A draft of the essay is now with the editors. It’s called “Games and Play: Being Human in the Universe of Technical Images”
Writing the essay has clarified a few points, one of the most important being that Flusser declared play to be characteristic of human beings. We know that animals also play. But Flusser was trying to understand how human beings are different from their apparatuses, and this was the case from the point he “discovered” games. This is the issue that lies at the heart of his frequent, although rarely detailed references to games, and it sets him quite dramatically apart from, say, Huizinga (Homo Ludens: a Study of the Play Element in Culture. 1938), or Callois (Man, Play and Games, 1961).
The image: Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Childrens’ Games, 1560, oil on board, 45 x 63″, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.