2014, Sat, Mar 22

In the Beginning is the Signal

with Tom McCarthy, Ingo Niermann

To what extent were mechanisms of digital culture introduced long before technical digitalization? Beginning with ancient navigational fires, Tom McCarthy and Ingo Niermann discuss this issue on a quick rundown of the history of Western media.


Talk with Tom McCarthy (author, London) and Ingo Niermann (author, Fiktion, Berlin/New York)


Tom McCarthy, author, artist, is a London-based writer and artist. The main motifs of his works are repetition, multiplication, and recombination. In so doing, he declares an idealist intellectual history to be a failure, postulating a new age of the ingenuine and frustrated ideals. His most recent publication is Transmission and the Individual Remix: How Literature Works (Vintage, 2012).

Ingo Niermann, author, artist, Basel/ Berlin, Project director Fiktion, lives in Basel and Berlin and is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, recenty “Drill dich/ Choose Drill” (Hatje Cantz, 2012). Since 2008, he has been editor of the speculative series Solution, and since 2012 he has jointly coordinated the Fiktion project with Mathias Gatza and Henriette Gallus.