In an exploration of the persistent power of symbols, we juxtapose scenes from Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s 1977 film Our Hitler with theories from Marshall McLuhan and the Frankfurt School on the totalitarian potential of media environments. We then consider the contemporary cultural tension whereby the power of digital networks to connect humans is tempered by the tendency to recombine human “material” to give birth to the obscure yet pervasive phenomenon of the “posthuman.”
Probing the hidden structures of new media environments, the New Explorations Group seeks not only to conceive but also to perceive the ways in which our psyches and cultures are being transformed by our intimate relationships with (de-)evolving technologies.
This series is curated by Adam Pugen (UofT iSchool). Open to all interested parties.
McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
39A Queens Park Crescent E. – Parking available off 121 St. Joseph St. Toronto [map]