Category: apparatus

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The Measurement Problem

Is there a problem?  There is.  It concerns the relationship of the measurer to the measured, the scientist (or her measuring tools) to whatever-is-being-measured.  Philosophers tend to view it as the relationship of subject to object, noting...

Weather Stations

Yesterday, I set out to add a weather report to a friend’s website.  She is serious about gardening, and her garden is in a seriously windy location.  In short weather — especially wind — is always...

Ptychography

Until today, I had never heard of it: Introduced in electron microscopy by Hegerl and Hoppe in the early 1970s, “ptychography” (pronounced “tikography,” I think) is an imaging technique that combines diffraction data from...

homo ludens

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...

family projections

Flusser insisted that photographs project possibilities, rather than “capturing” or “recording” or “reproducing” anything.  So all those lovely shots you may have of yourself as a very young child, smiling at the camera–or not —...

Post photography

The resonance of “post-photography” with “post-modernism” can hardly be avoided. There will be an academic conference in Lucerne in November entitled “The Post-photographic Apparatus”. Assuming the term “apparatus” draws, perhaps substantially, on Flusser’s framework,...