Media zoology and waste management: Animal energies and medianatures

by Jussi Parikka In this article I will investigate the relations of media and ecology, arguing that the incorporation of nature and ecology as part of the media theoretical discourse should... Read more →

‘The Sown and the Waste’ – or, the psychedelic writing of film history

by Casper Tybjerg The word ‘psychedelic’ was coined in the 1950s by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond to describe hallucinogenic drugs like mescaline and LSD – but this essay will not be abo... Read more →

Documentaries without documents? Ecocinema and the toxic

by Karl Schoonover In his Theory of Film, Siegfried Kracauer tasks the medium of cinema with a particularly modernist realism, one that recovers the significance of things cast aside and ove... Read more →

Transcending obsolescence in technological ruins? Questions of conservation and presentation in Nam June Paik’s ‘Something Pacific’ and ‘Rembrandt Automatic’

by Hanna B. Hölling Introduction Standing amidst the lively garden of the campus of the University of California, San Diego, I am looking at the many television sets, Buddhas, and elements ... Read more →

Blood, sweat, and tears: Bodily inscriptions in contemporary experimental film

by Kim Knowles In history as in nature, decay is the laboratory of life. – Karl Marx[1] The contemporary works discussed in this article emerge from a wider desire in experimental film to ... Read more →

‘The Sprawl of Entropy’: Cinema, waste, and obsolescence in the 1960s and 1970s

by Matilde Nardelli The following discussion broaches the relation between cinema and waste not so much by addressing examples of cinema about waste, but by presenting cinema itself as a kin... Read more →

Orbital ruins

by Lisa Parks Thousands of satellites and space objects have fallen back to earth since the space age began. In May 1968, the Nimbus B-1 weather satellite plummeted into the Pacific Ocean ju... Read more →

Waste: An introduction

by Alexandra Schneider and Wanda Strauven It all started with a documentary photo-project commissioned to Dorothee Wenner, filmmaker, curator, and delegate for India and Sub-Saharan Africa f... Read more →

Editorial Necsus

The special section in this issue of NECSUS addresses the phenomenon of waste in the broad range of past and present media practices. We are happy to introduce here, for the first time in th... Read more →

NECSUS #4, Autumn 2013, ‘Waste’ — call for papers

The call for papers has been published for NECSUS #4, Autumn 2013, ‘Waste’. The guest editors for this special section are Alexandra Schneider (University of Amsterdam) and Wanda... Read more →