New | Media Archives


Lori Emerson and Ben Fino-Radin

Friday, November 15th 2013 | 5:00pm | 8th Fl. 239 Greene St | See Map

How do we preserve an obsolete technology? How do we view and understand a work of art produced for a system that no longer exists? New media technologies present a host of new and challenging concerns for archivists, with a wide range of approaches to the preservation and even resurrection of dead media objects and systems. This event brings together scholars and archivists to address the concerns and opportunities in archiving new media technologies, and the ways new media have in turn transformed traditional archival practices.

Lori Emerson (University of Colorado, Boulder)

The Media Archaeology Lab as Configurable Conceptual Object

Lori Emerson will discuss how the Media Archaeology Lab has evolved over the years to become a DIY, community-driven, living archive. Depending on how you approach the MAL, it is now as much a site either of or for research and teaching as it is a site for artistic interventions, experiments, projects; an archive for obsolete media; or an archive for original works of digital art/literature along with their original platforms. Equally at home in literature departments, art departments, media studies departments, history of technology programs, computer science departments, libraries and archives, the MAL is the definition of a configurable, conceptual object.

Lori Emerson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Director of the Media Archaeology Lab. She writes on and teaches digital literature, experimental American and Canadian writing from the 20th and 21st century, history of computing, and media theory.

Ben Fino-Radin (Museum of Modern Art)

Ben Fino-Radin is the Digital Repository Manager at the Museum of Modern Art and former Digital Conservator for Rhizome at the New Museum for Contemporary Art. His most recent archival project was XFR STN, an open-door artist-centered media archiving project for moving image and born digital works.