Wolfgang Ernst (DE) has an academic background in history (PhD) and classics (Latin Philology and Classical Archaeology), with an ongoing interest in cultural temporalities. He grew into the emergent technology-oriented “German school” of media science. His academic pursuits initially focused on archival theory and museology before delving into media materialities. Since 2003, Ernst has held the position of Professor for Media Theories at the Institute of Musicology and Media Science at the Humboldt University of Berlin. His current research covers “radical” media archaeology as method, the epistemology of technológos, the theory of storage, technologies of cultural transmission, micro-temporal media aesthetics and their chronopoetic potentials, as well as sound analytics (“sonicity”) from a media-epistemological standpoint.
Books in English (with a focus on technical media): Digital Memory and the Archive (2013); Chronopoetics. The Temporal Being and Operativity of Technological Media (2016); Sonic Time Machines. Explicit Sound, Sirenic Voices, and Implicit Sonicity, Amsterdam (2016); The Delayed Present. Media-Induced Interventions into Tempor(e)alities, Berlin (Sternberg Press, 2017); Technológos in Being. Radical Media Archaeology & the Computational Machine, New York et al. (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021).