Issue 33, Spring 2019
This special issue of Intermédialités/Intermediality considers the relationship between media, time, and forms of cultural and artistic expression, starting from a basic position: All forms of mediated communication can be understood in terms of space and time. Genres of cultural content, the capacity that many devices have to freeze time or play it reverse, how we have come to conceive of a variety of developments associated with digital culture, all these elements are intimately tied up with ideas about time. When thinking about 24-hour news channels or planned obsolescence, we have the idea that time is rendered both by and through media technologies. Hence, the contributions to this issue engage with an exciting and longstanding research theme that mixes philosophy and media and film studies with work from history, geography, women and gender studies, and the expansive field of environment and ecological studies. In response to two articles of this issue, a special file on William Basinski’s work, including an interview with the artist, examines the relationship between the media and the restitution of time at the heart of musical practice.