....Domesticating Symbols: Metalithikum II (Applied Virtuality Book Series, Band 2)..DOMESTICATING SYMBOLS: METALITHIKUM II (APPLIED VIRTUALITY BOOK SERIES, BAND 2)....

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Technology is not simply technology; it changes character over time. We suggest there is a twin story to it. We call it “metalithikum” and postulate that it has always accompanied the story of technology. It concerns the symbolics of the forms and schemes humans are applying for domesticating their environments. We assume that the protago- nists of this twin story, the symbolics of those forms and schemes, are also not simply what they are but change character over time. From this perspective, Domesticating Symbols looks at the substrate on which today’s data-processing machines operate: information-technological media and apparatuses no longer operate primarily based on the substrate of physical forces and their mechanical principles. Rather, their effectiveness deploys on a quasi-immaterial bed made of probabilistic signal horizons of symbolic codings, through which the erstwhile physical substrate is now formally getting rendered, as “data” in the sense of “informational constellation.” In this regard, it is important to stress that information technology today is no longer simply con ned to elaborately controlling and investigating processes that may already be accessed through mechanical apparatuses. Indeed, a movement is underway toward learning how to grant the energetic constitution of our world an own right, and form of address, amid its mechanical constraints.

This book is the second volume based on the Metalithikum colloquies organized once a year, where distinguished personalities from a broad range of architecture-related elds come together to discuss particular technological developments that are economically signi cant and philosophically interesting. The conferences are organized by the applied virtuality theory lab at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.

 

table of contents

On the Book Series
Introduction — Domesticating Symbols

Marcel Alexander Niggli and Louis Frédéric Muskens
Mechanical Justice

Introduction 22 — On Quantity and its Influence on the Quality of the Administration of Justice 23 — Design a Mechanical Justice 31 — Acceptance of a Mechanical Justice 39 — Conclusion 44

Ludger Hovestadt
Toward a Fantastic Genealogy of the Articulable

7,000,000,000 50 — Enthusiasm 53 — Stepping on the Brakes 55 — Bodies of thinking 56 — Aggressive Ignorance 75 — On today's stage 79 — Back-couplings to a Third Realm 83 — Ways out of a Second Nature 85 — A Love Affair 88

Gregg Lambert
Two images of global Violence

The war-machine 96 — The Planetary Death of god-machine, or religion today 101
 

Vera Bühlmann
Arché, Arcanum, and Articulation: the Universal and its characteristics

Genericness as symbolical Body of Reciprocity 121 — Lemmata in How to theorize the universal while Remaining Neutral on Matters of Belief 132 —Realism of ideal Entities: Conceiving, Giving Birth to, and Raising Ideas on the stage of Abstraction 155 — The Amorous Nature of Intellectual Conception: Universal Text that Conserves the Articulations of a Generic Voice 167
 

Georg Christoph Tholen
Displacement: the Impossible Interlude Between Man and Machine

Technics as Organ Substitute and Thought Model: Anthropomorphic Mirror Games 180 — Neither Message nor Prosthesis: Media as Transmission 190 — Tillable Technics: Notes to a Leading Query 192 — The Empty Locus: about the Topology of the Symbolic 195 — Who Loses, wins: displacement as a Chance 197
 

Christian Doelker
Media Code

Script 206 — Section 1: Aperçus of Media Society 207 — Section 2: Media Code – Constituent Parts of Media Presentations 213

..BOOK COVER TEXT

Technology is not simply technology; it changes character over time. We suggest there is a twin story to it. We call it “metalithikum” and postulate that it has always accompanied the story of technology. It concerns the symbolics of the forms and schemes humans are applying for domesticating their environments. We assume that the protago- nists of this twin story, the symbolics of those forms and schemes, are also not simply what they are but change character over time. From this perspective, Domesticating Symbols looks at the substrate on which today’s data-processing machines operate: information-technological media and apparatuses no longer operate primarily based on the substrate of physical forces and their mechanical principles. Rather, their effectiveness deploys on a quasi-immaterial bed made of probabilistic signal horizons of symbolic codings, through which the erstwhile physical substrate is now formally getting rendered, as “data” in the sense of “informational constellation.” In this regard, it is important to stress that information technology today is no longer simply con ned to elaborately controlling and investigating processes that may already be accessed through mechanical apparatuses. Indeed, a movement is underway toward learning how to grant the energetic constitution of our world an own right, and form of address, amid its mechanical constraints.

This book is the second volume based on the Metalithikum colloquies organized once a year, where distinguished personalities from a broad range of architecture-related elds come together to discuss particular technological developments that are economically signi cant and philosophically interesting. The conferences are organized by the applied virtuality theory lab at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

On the Book Series
Introduction — Domesticating Symbols

Marcel Alexander Niggli and Louis Frédéric Muskens
Mechanical Justice

INTRODUCTION 22 — ON QUANTITY AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE
QUALITY OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE 23 — DESIGN
A MECHANICAL JUSTICE 31 — ACCEPTANCE OF A MECHANICAL JUSTICE 39 — CONCLUSION 44

Ludger Hovestadt
Toward a Fantastic Genealogy of the Articulable

7,000,000,000 50 — ENTHUSIASM 53 — STEPPING ON THE BRAKES 55 — BODIES OF THINKING 56 — AGGRESSIVE IGNORANCE 75 — ON TODAY'S STAGE 79 — BACK-COUPLINGS TO A THIRD REALM 83 — WAYS OUT OF A SECOND NATURE 85 — A LOVE AFFAIR 88

Gregg Lambert
Two images of global Violence

THE WAR-MACHINE 96 — THE PLANETARY DEATH OF GOD-MACHINE, OR RELIGION TODAY 101
 

Vera Bühlmann
Arché, Arcanum, and Articulation: the Universal and its characteristics

GENERICNESS AS SYMBOLICAL BODY OF RECIPROCITY 121 — LEMMATA IN HOW TO THEORIZE THE UNIVERSAL WHILE REMAINING NEUTRAL ON MATTERS OF BELIEF 132 —REALISM OF IDEAL ENTITIES: CONCEIVING, GIVING BIRTH TO, AND RAISING IDEAS ON THE STAGE OF ABSTRACTION 155 — THE AMOROUS NATURE OF INTELLECTUAL CONCEPTION: UNIVERSAL TEXT THAT CONSERVES THE ARTICULATIONS OF A GENERIC VOICE 167
 

Georg Christoph Tholen
Displacement: the Impossible Interlude Between Man and Machine

TECHNICS AS ORGAN SUBSTITUTE AND THOUGHT MODEL: ANTHROPOMORPHIC MIRROR GAMES 180 — NEITHER MESSAGE NOR PROSTHESIS: MEDIA AS TRANSMISSION 190 — TILLABLE TECHNICS: NOTES TO A LEADING QUERY 192 — THE EMPTY LOCUS: ABOUT THE TOPOLOGY OF THE SYMBOLIC 195 — WHO LOSES, WINS: DISPLACEMENT AS A CHANCE 197
 

Christian Doelker
Media Code

SCRIPT 206 — SECTION 1: APERÇUS OF MEDIA SOCIETY 207 — SECTION 2: MEDIA CODE – CONSTITUENT PARTS OF MEDIA PRESENTATIONS 213 ....