Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Robida's imaginary futures

In the midst of final edits and polishing the manuscript of What is Media Archaeology?, I am going sorting out the images for the book. One contender to feature in the chapter on Imaginary Media is Albert Robida - whose novels from the 19th century are such a storehouse for ironic "future predictions". Here are two examples from Le Le Vingtième Siècle (1882), imagining the future museum (Robin Boast will love this) as a consumer oriented media spectacle, and one showing Robida's central theme: airships and the infiltration of advertising media to every little corner possible...

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely right. I do love it! Looks like downtown Cambridge.