Wednesday 14 April 2021

HORST ADEMEIT in « Paranoia und technisches Bild » by Elena Meilicke

Elena Meilicke, Paranoia und technisches Bild Fallstudiem zu einer Medienpathologie,
De Gruyter, 2021

Horst Ademeit, untitled, 1990, mixed media on polaroid, 9 x 11 cm

"In its beginnings around 1980, media archaeology is characterized by a peculiar proximity to the paranoid delusion. Friedrich Kittler conceives of paranoia as a media pathology and develops - keyword "writing down systems" - media archaeological concepts and questions on the basis of paranoid texts. Taking up this complicity between media thinking and paranoia, Elena Meilicke examines conspiracy narratives in terms of their treatment of technical images and asks to what extent an implicit knowledge of photographic image media, their paranoic constitution and paranoizing effects appears in them. In two exemplary case studies on the Imperjalja fragment by the German writer Oskar Panizza (1853-1921) and on the work of the Düsseldorf Polaroid photographer Horst Ademeit (1937-2010), and with recourse to Lacan's theory of the gaze and the image, Meilicke sketches the contours of a specifically paranoid media knowledge. The images of paranoid investigation related to the world and reality turn out, moreover, to be technical artifacts that are at the same time aesthetic, epistemic, and political things - varieties of a paranoid analytic of power that takes a look at infrastructures of the political."

The author Elena Meilicke works at the Institut für Theorie und Praxis der Kommunikation at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. 

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