Circulation: PUBLICS, PLATFORMS, AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA @ PENN CINEMA & MEDIA STUDIES
In what ways can we think of media as circulatory systems? Circulation could be an important modality to conceptualize media as digital devices condition us to experience media as environment, minerals and metals in “nature” get embedded in media objects, and environmental effects of storing digital data become part of topical conversations. Media help circulate information, gossip, and entertainment, and are key to formation of networks, assemblages, and publics. The conference thinks through concepts that empirically engage with distribution systems, speculative algorithms, and affective platforms, which create new affordances for producers and consumers of media. As media objects proliferate and their intermedial relations emerge, the material properties of the environmental milieu come to matter: media scholars get called upon to re-theorize interfaces and platforms when considering wet media as opposed to dry media. Circulation also stresses interactions between human and non-human actors and this conference spotlights empirical and philosophical debates around materialism, media ecology, and media archaeology.