The relationship between economy, finance and society has become opaque. Quantum leaps in complexity and scale have turned this deeply interdependent web of relations into an area of incomprehensible abstraction. And while the economization of life has come under widespread critique, inquiry into the political potential of representational praxis is more crucial than ever. This volume explores ethical, aesthetic and ideological dimensions of economic representation, redressing essential questions: What are the roles of mass and new media? How do the arts contribute to critical discourse on the global techno-economic complex? Collectively, the contributions bring theoretical debate and artistic intervention into a rich exchange that includes but also exceeds the conventions of academic scholarship.
Daniel Cuonz, born in 1975, teaches cultural studies at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He received his PhD from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2005 and obtained his post-doctoral qualification from the University of St. Gallen in 2013. His research interests lie in the fields of German literature, aesthetics, narratology, and the relation between economy and literature.
Scott Loren, born 1971, teaches new media and cultural studies at the University of St.Gallen, where he was a post-doctoral researcher from 2015 to 2017, and English language studies at the University of Zurich, from which he received a PhD in 2005. His areas of scholarship include film theory and history, genre and narrative studies, posthumanism and psychoanalysis. Interested in the aesthetic mediation of modernity, his current research is on technographic writing and technosocial transition.
Jörg Metelmann, born in 1970, teaches Culture and Media Studies at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He received his PhD from the University of Tübingen, Germany, in 2003 and obtained his post-doctoral qualification from the University of St. Gallen in 2014. His research interests focus on the interaction between man and machine, the creativity complex and the future of business education.