Till A. Heilmann

University of Basel
Media Studies

Till A. Heilmann is working on his book on the history of the push button and the digital condition. Combining a historical investigation of the button’s evolution from around 1840 to the present day with a theoretical argument for the inclusion of the hand into a broader concept of digitality, Heilmann argues that the so-called digital age can be described as resulting from the ‘revolution of the button’ and that the ‘digital gesture’ of pushing buttons is the fundamental cultural technique of our time.