Siegfried Zielinski (DE) is a media archeologist.
Siegfried Zielinski is the founding and former president and professor of Communication Theory and Audiovision at the Academy of Media Arts (Kunsthochschule für Medien), Cologne. He studied theatre, philology, philosophy, linguistics and political science and was media specialist in the 1980s at the Technical University of Berlin. Zielinski has been professor for Communication and Media Studies since 1993. He was professor from 1990-93 for audio-visual studies at the University of Salzburg, where he developed the teaching, production and research department Audiovisionen.
Zielinski is a leading German expert on history, theory and practice of audiovisual media with emphasis on media archeology and a hermeneutics of electronic media. He published numerous books and essays on the history, theory and practice of cinema, television and video, including Veit Harlan; Zur Geschichte des Videorecorders and Audiovisions - Cinema and Television as Entr'actes in History. With V2_, he published Towards a dramaturgy of differences in Interfacing Realities (1997). His latest publication is Deep Time of the Media - Toward an Archaeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means (with Gloria Custance, and Timothy Druckrey, 2006).
Since 2005, he is developing Variantology of the Media, which published three volumes: http://www.variantology.com/