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. 

Participates in: Spring 2012 Fellows