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    CANCELLED! Higher Seminar: "The Playlist as Container Technology" INSTÄLLD!

    UPDATE 18.12.18: Due to illness this seminar has been cancelled. Higher Seminar in Media Technology by Maria Eriksson (Umeå University). The presentation explores the role of playlists as container technology in the global music economy.

    TOPIC: In today’s digital landscape, the playlist has emerged as a standard format for the delivery of music. By bundling and organizing tracks in ever-changing ways, the playlist functions as key a mechanism for presenting and managing the consumption of music. This talk explores the role of playlists in the global music economy. In particular, it approaches the playlist as a container technology—that is, a technical solution which serves to assemble, preserve, and transport music objects, and thereby also uphold logistical operations within the music industries. Approaching the playlist as a container technology implies focusing less on how playlists are mobilized as expressions of taste and identity, and more on form, function, and the role of playlists in arranging information and markets. On the one hand, I consider how the playlist format materializes principles of modularization, calculation, and automation in ways that open recorded music to increased commodification. By making music and its consumption measureable and countable, the playlist serves as a vehicle for governing and experimenting with how music reaches its listeners. On the other hand, the playlist is far from a perfected means of control and calculation. By drawing from a series of recent controversies around playlists—controversies concerning ‘fake’ plays and ‘fake’ content—I also highlight the uncanny, unruly, disobedient, and uncontrollable aspects of playlists and their containerization. Ultimately, I argue that the playlist as container is a logistical device that oscillates between order/disorder, control/uncontrollability, and calculability/incalculability.

    BIO: Maria Eriksson is a PhD Candidate in media- and communication studies and an affiliated researcher at Humlab, Umeå University. She has a background in social anthropology and her dissertation explores distributive practices within the music industries with a focus on issues concerning the politics of software. Since 2014, she has been active in the interdisciplinary research project Streaming Heritage: Following Files in Digital Music Distribution and she is one of the co-authors of the forthcoming book Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music (MIT Press, 2018).

    Tid och plats

    När: onsdag 19 december kl. 13:00-15:00

    Vad: högre seminarium

    Var: Room MD 338, on the third floor in the D-wing, main bulding, Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg

    Arrangeras av: Department of Media Technology at the School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University

    Evenemangsspråk: engelska