Throughout his life, Theodor W. Adorno's thinking was permeated by a relationship to the media that was as fruitful as it was ambivalent. He was able to sharpen his socio-critical reflections on them as well as to use them to communicate his analyses to a broad audience. Even though he developed this ambivalent attitude on the basis of the media of that time, the approach of testing it on today's media landscape in its influence on society, politics and culture proves to be promising.
Questions about the relevance of Adorno's critical theory in contemporary reflections on digital culture as well as the significance of his media critique for philosophy, art studies and cultural theory in recent decades are the focus of this volume. Different positions and methodological approaches to Adorno's intellectual legacy open up new interdisciplinary perspectives on current media phenomena and cultural processes and continue the tradition of a philosophically informed and sociologically grounded media criticism.
The volume was developed based on and in discussion of the conference "Adorno and the Media" (HfG/ZKM) and the exhibition of the same name (ZKM), which took place in Karlsruhe in 2019.
With contributions by: Sarah Bianchi, Christian Fuchs, Samir Gandesha, Henrik Holm, Sulgi Lie, Stefano Marino, Tyrus Miller, Judith-Frederike Popp, Ulrike Ramming, Martin Ritter, Rolando Vitali, Lioudmila Voropai, and Florian Wobser.
Details: Judith-Frederike Popp, Lioudmila Voropai (eds.): Adorno und die Medien. Critique, Relevance, Aesthetics, Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos, 2023.