Media as Presence: Beyond Content and Communication

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    Date(s) - 30 Sep 2013
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Room T2.26, Monash Caulfield Campus

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    Professor Sarah Pink

    Design Research Institute and Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT

    Sarah Pink

    Sarah Pink

    This talk outlines an approach to researching media in everyday life that goes beyond content and communication to focus on media as a form of presence – through the ambiguous states and statuses of on/off/standby. I explore how mundane uses of media technologies and their affordances offer us an alternative perspective: a non-media-centric approach to media studies. This argument draws on the ideas of Nick Couldry and Shaun Moores, as well as recent research into the uses of digital media and energy in everyday life in the home in the UK. I comment on how an ethnographic approach that attends to media beyond content and communication implies (i) a critical commentary on contemporary media studies, and (ii) on the ways in which media use is defined in energy demand studies.

    Sarah Pink is an interdisciplinary researcher whose work brings together academic scholarship with applied research. She joined RMIT in 2012 as Professor of Design/Media Ethnography, from Loughborough University in the UK. She is the author or co/editor of 12 books and the author of over 100 peer refereed journal articles and book chapters.

    Presented by the Research Unit in Media Studies (RUMS).