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EXCAVATING THE ARCHIVE: NEW TECHNOLOGIES OF MEMORY
an international colloquium on the state of digital archiving
co-sponsored by Parsons School of Design and AGENCY.COM
Saturday June 3rd, 2000
at Swayduck Auditorium,
65 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY
If, one day, *everything* will be accessible online or in some digital format, then what will this really entail - practically and philosophically? "Excavating The Archive: New Technologies of Memory" will bring together internationally-renowned computer scientists, designers, new media theorists and artists from the U.S., Europe and Australia, to explore this utopian proposition. Speakers will define the cutting edge in digital archiving, presenting new projects and advanced software prototypes for collection, navigation, visual representation and data mining of vast bodies of information, in diverse cultural and commercial contexts.
Among the questions "Excavating
The Archive" will investigate are:
- what new interfaces are being created for archive storage and retrieval?
- what kinds of new materials and subjects are being archived?
- what are the technological limits of digital archiving?
- what assumptions lie behind these digital storage techniques ?
- what metaphors and mapping strategies are being applied to navigate and retrieve data?
ANNE BALSAMO, Research Scientist, Xerox PARC, Palo Alto
KATHRYN BIRD, Animation and Interactive Media department, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
ROGER BLUMBERG, Department of Computer Science, Brown University, Providence
LISE ANNE COUTURE, principal, Asymptote architects, New York
STEVE DIETZ, Curator, Gallery 9, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WOLFGANG ERNST, prof of media sciences, Institute of Film + TV Studies, Bochum University, Germany
NATALIE JEREMIJENKO, New York University, Center for Advanced Technology
DAVID KARAM, Post Tool Design, San Francisco; Director of the Digital Design program, California College of Arts and Crafts
MUNTADAS, artist, New York / Barcelona, creator of "The File Room"
RAMANA RAO, Director of Engineering, Chief Technology Officer, Inxight Software, Palo Alto
BEN SCHOUTEN, CEO, Desk.nl; Doctoral Candidate, National Research Center for Mathematics and Computer Science, Amsterdam.
JANET ABRAMS, Leading Questions, NY
BETH STRYKER & SAWAD BROOKS, Utensil, NY
SVEN TRAVIS, Chair, Digital Design, Parsons School of Design, NY
To reserve a seat
register free at
or contact 212 229 8908,
Parsons Digital Design Department
(Please note: It is not necessary to register for this event in order to attend.)