Animating Archives (W)rap Sheet
by Alex Juhasz — Pitzer College
December 07, 2009 – 14:55
This was one of the best conferences I ever attended. The take home message for future conference organizers is hard to replicate: 1) carefully chosen speakers 2) given ample time (2 speakers in 1 and 1/2 hour sessions) and 3) beautifully choreographed two-day flow, where distinct areas of approach, method, discipline and theory, hit against each other to build to a crescendo. Not one dud. Here’s the rap sheet of one-liners:
Diana Taylor: Archives, repertoires, and the digital are each made from practices, things, and places (riven with power) in distinct configurations.
James Chandler: Animating archives through re-presenting holdings in translated forms itself has a history as long as modernism’s.
Sharon Daniel: Poetics and aesthetics can be written into the ethics of the archive.
Matthew Fuller: The relational archive links through a messy rhetoric of power that includes findable “flubs” like deletions and leaks.
Amelie Hastie: The body’s archive of memory, desire, longing and loss fuels a search for objects that might objectify their trace.
Josh Kun: Digital music generates mobile archives of local/transnational style and taste.
Lawrence Liang: Ownership is not only a matter of capital but also of proximity and love. To own can be to owe, a matter of ethics.
Janine Marchessault: A life on-line might map the lost as it pools into a shared computer dream of all seeing.
Trevor Paglen: The military-industrial complex litters our skies with evil digital eyes, the better to see you with. So,
Lisa Parks: we must look up, not across, in a shot-reverse of accountability.
Abby Smith Rumsey: The evidence of things remains for our loving re-use. Digital things will be lost without stewardship.
Ramesh Srinivasan: Embrace the incommensurability when the local(e) gets to gather, save and organize the complex, adaptive, fluid stuff they love.
James Tobias: We engage in a history-free media-logic to the peril of the complex lineages of local practices.
Posted in critical pedagogy, digital media form, media archive, media publishing, media studies, media theory, web 2.0 Tagged: abby smith rumsey, Amalie Hastie, animating archives, Diana Taylor, digital humanities, James Chandler, james tobias, Janine Marchessault, josh kun, kelly gates, lawrence liang, lisa parks, Matthew Fuller, ramesh srinivasan, Sharon Daniel, trevor paglen