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To mark the centenary of the birth of provocative media pioneer and theorist Marshall McLuhan, Watershed presents a day of seminars on Thursday 6 Oct, a season of films throughout October, and the unique online resources on this site – all of which explore McLuhan’s ideas in relation to the current digital landscape.
Recordings from a day of panel discussions that explore McLuhan’s ideas in relation to the current explosion of digital media.
Free event on 21 October with excerpts from Picnic in Space, from interviews recorded with people who knew McLuhan or were influenced by his work and look at McLuhan’s seminal “Understanding Media” in relation to current media theory.
Video interviews with contemporaries and theorists on McLuhan’s contribution to our current understanding of media.
Commissioned for McLuhan’s Message, the ‘Genius Loci’ project is a new sound artwork based on sound-bites from McLuhan, accompanied by drones, beats and pulses that have been produced by feeding McLuhan’s voice into digital samplers.
Picnic in Space is a rare jewel of a film in which McLuhan expounds on ‘space’ and its properties with his long time cohort Harley Parker – while lying in a field somewhere in Canada. Amusing, classic and a period piece of McLuhan ephemera.
Technological Determinism and Neuroplasticity by Sy Taffel, PhD Researcher at Digital Cultures Research Centre at University of the West of England