Speakers

Rudolf Maresch, author, publicist, critic

Christoph Bieber Source: University Duisburg EssenRudolf Maresch; Photo: (c) privat

“Neither global traffic nor world trade or universal values have managed to abolish the idiosyncrasies or autonomous nature, of material space. On the contrary: Globalisation itself ensures that political powers will continue to fight over space and territories, perhaps more vehemently than ever. In the realms of cyberspace that for the normal observer are so intransigent, everything is strictly determined. No questions are asked here, and life cannot be ruled by stop-gap solutions either. The number of possible interactions is absolutely defined by set mathematical rules. The syntax of the machine: if…then clauses, re-written in character strings and for the present etched into silicon turn the medium into an imperium (command). Communication – under digital conditions – ultimately means nothing more than: reading, writing and executing.”

Rudolf Maresch was born in 1954 and studied philosophy, sociology and education. He is a critic, author, essayist and the publisher of various books that deal with the media and the public sphere, culture and politics, as well as the future of Western societies. He has worked for various online media since the mid-1990s, mostly for Heise Magazine Publishing’s Internet magazine Telepolis.

Publikationen und Statements zum Thema

With Florian Rötzer: Renaissance der Utopie. Zukunftsfiguren des 21. Jahrhunderts. (Renaissance of Utopia. 21st century figures of the future.) Frankfurt am Main 2004

Raum, Wissen, Macht. (Space, Knowledge, Power.) Frankfurt 2002

Cyberhypes. Frankfurt 2001

Globalisierungskritik, wie weiter? (Globalisation criticism, how should we proceed?), interview with the Berliner Gazette, 24.09.2007

Raum als Schicksal? Geografie, Territorium und Landschaft bescheren seinen Bewohnern unterschiedliche Infrastrukturen, Sicherheitszonen und Lebenschancen (Space as fate? Geography, territory and landscape give their inhabitants a variety of infrastructures, safety zones and life opportunities), Karlsruhe, 2011

Geografie der Macht (Geography of power), 2003

Wachsende Räume (Growing spaces), 2002

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