Baruch Gottlieb (University of Art (UdK), Berlin, Germany)

Digital Materialism

ISBN: 978-1-78743-669-5, eISBN: 978-1-78743-668-8

Publication date: 7 February 2018


Gottlieb, B. (2018), "Prelims", Digital Materialism (Digital Activism and Society: Politics, Economy And Culture In Network Communication), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-ix.



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The Digital Activism and Society: Politics, Economy and Culture in Network Communication series focuses on the political use of digital everyday-networked media by corporations, governments, international organizations (Digital Politics) as well as civil society actors, NGOs, activists, social movements and dissidents (Digital Activism), attempting to recruit, organize and fund their operations, through information communication technologies.

The series publishes books on theories and empirical case studies of digital politics and activism in the specific context of communication networks. Topics covered by the series include, but are not limited to:

  • the different theoretical and analytical approaches of political communication in digital networks;

  • studies of socio-political media movements and activism (and ‘hacktivism’);

  • transformations of older topics such as inequality, gender, class, power, identity and group belonging;

  • strengths and vulnerabilities of social networks.

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Dr Athina Karatzogianni

About the Series Editor

Dr Athina Karatzogianni is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester, UK. Her research focuses on the intersections between digital media theory and political economy, in order to study the use of digital technologies by new socio-political formations.

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About the Author

Baruch Gottlieb was trained as a filmmaker at Concordia University and has been working in digital art with specialization in public art since 1999. A former Professor of Media Art at Yonsei University Graduate School for Communication and Arts in Seoul, Korea, he is active member of the Telekommunisten, Arts & Economic Group and laboratoire de déberlinisation artist collectives. Author of Gratitude for Technology (ATROPOS 2009) and A Political Economy of the Smallest Things (ATROPOS 2016), he currently lectures in philosophy of digital art at the University of Arts Berlin and is fellow of the Vilém Flusser Archiv. He is curator of the exhibition series ‘Flusser & the Arts’ based on the philosophical writings of Vilém Flusser, which premiered in ZKM, Karlsruhe and has travelled so far to AdK Berlin, West den Haag and GAMU Prague. He is also initiator and curator of the exhibition/symposium series ‘Feedback’ based on the work of the Toronto School. He writes extensively on digital media, digital archiving, generative and interactive processes, digital media for public space and on social and political aspects of networked media.


This book is the product of a series of seminars at the Studium Generale of the University of the Arts Berlin. Thanks are thus first in order to its excellent administration, Prof. Dr. Thomas Düllo, who has been a stalwart supporter and advisor of my research, and Katrin Wendel and Flóra Tálasi, who make for ideal conditions for the cultivation of the kinds of trans-disciplinary practices which are the mandate of the Studium Generale. Thanks to the participants in the seminars who know they were integral to the formulation of the concerns I present here. I must also thank my peers, firstly, Dr. Athina Karatzogianni, a transcendent figure in contemporary communications studies for all who know her, always incisive, informed, inspiringly uncompromising, and editor of this volume and series. Thanks to Dmytri Kleiner, my collaborator partner and supporter in many diverse endeavours; Franziska Kleiner, Siegfried Zielinski, Peter Weibel, Marie-José Sondeijker, Akiem Helmling, Pavel Vančat, Eliska Žakova, Yuk Hui, Heba Amin and especially Jinran Kim without whom none of this work would have been possible.