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The University of Southampton
Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research group

AMT on contagions and masks

Published: 30 July 2020

AMT contributed to the recent discussions about face masks and cultural contexts of contagions with short texts that drew on earlier research by the group members.

Jussi Parikka and Yiğit Soncul wrote on the cultural poltics of facial masks for the art magazine Paletten. [] The text drew on Soncul’s Winchester School of Art PhD project on biopolitics and visual culture of masks and masking connecting that research to the recent COVID pandemic. Professor Parikka also addressed the question of the virus in a text commissioned by the French publication AOC. Co-written with Dr Tony D. Sampson (UEL), Parikka’s text was also published in English in the Boundary 2 online journal as “The New Logics of Viral Media” []. Parikka’s erlier book Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses (Peter Lang, 2nd. Edition 2016) had dealt with the broader contexts of security and contagion in network culture.

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