On #Materiality

Josephine Diecke, B.G. Lameris, Laura Niebling

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The discussion of media often meanders between the way media objects are perceived as written texts, projected audiovisual messages, or recorded music on the one hand and material objects on the other. Materiality in the sense of physical matter is considered multi-sensory and in a direct relation to the perceiving body, traditionally – particularly in the arts – associated with processes of valorisation as in the term and concept of ‘aura’. But media studies have long established perspectives beyond simple notions of matter. Even light, sound, and energy have entered the discourse, and materiality can be traced in any and all understandings of media. This special section brings together some of the latest post-digital perspectives on the long-standing discussion of materiality in our ever-changing media landscapes. The contributions represent today’s broadness of the field and discourse, connecting media from their analogue pasts to their materially ambiguous futures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-23
JournalNecsus. European Journal for Media Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2022


  • analogue
  • digital
  • materiality
  • media ecologies
  • post-digital
  • senses


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