December 4: Perpetual Storage | 1st Set of Presentations

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You’ll be submitting your final projects before/at the start of class next week. Today, we’ll host the first seven eight of our final presentations: Berkley, Lydia, Peggy, Leila, Laura, Lena R. James, and Alie. These folks will share work in progress, which they can then revise for submission next week.

Because we’ll need to fit in seven eight presentations, leaving time for transitions, tech set-up, and a mid-way break, we should allot no more than ten minutes to each presenter. You should plan to talk for no more than six or seven five or six minutes, leaving the remaining time for discussion. If you’re looking for specific feedback, you might even pose discussion questions.

Please aim to keep your tech “lite” — i.e., use the classroom computer rather than your own machine, consolidate all digital materials into a single slide show with links, or bring handouts, or pass around a hard-copy, etc. — so we can avoid snafus.

I will order pizza. The tone of these presentations will be more celebratory than evaluative; you won’t be graded on the “professionalism” of your presentation. Still, you should prepare what you plan to share, and have the relevant media queued up, since you can’t guide us through every facet of your project within the allotted time.

At the start of class, I’ll briefly synopsize some of the material we would have discussed this week:


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Janneke Adema, “Scanners, Collectors and Aggregators. On the ‘Underground Movement’ of (Pirated) Theory Text Sharing,” Open Reflections (September 20, 2009); Cory Arcangel, “The Warhol Files,” Artforum (Summer 2014); Seb Chan and Aaron Cope, “Collecting the Present: Digital Code and Collections,” Museums and the Web 2014, Baltimore, MD, April 2014; Kyle Chayka, “How Do You Back Up the Museum of Modern Art?Motherboard (July 20, 2015); Paul Dourish, “Finding the Material in the Virtual: The Case of Emulation,” in The Stuff of Bits: An Essay on the Materialities of Information (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017): 61-80; **Merve Emre, “This Library Has New Books by Major Authors, but They Can’t Be Read Until 2114,” New York Times (November 1, 2018); Wolfgang Ernst, “Archives in Transition” in Digital Memory and the Archive, ed. Jussi Parikka (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013): 95-101; Wolfgang Ernst, “Dis/continuities: Does the Archive Become Metaphorical in Multi-Media Space?” In New Media Old Media: A History and Theory Reader, Eds. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun & Thomas Keenan (New York: Routledge, 2006): 105-123; Rose Eveleth, “Introducing the Archive Corps,” The Atlantic (September 1, 2015); Davide Giogetta & Valerio Nicoletti, “A Conversation on Digital Archiving Practices with Janneke Adema,” Post-Digital Publishing Archive (June 22, 2015); Sarah Hammerman, “Pirate Libraries and the Fight for Open Information,” FvckTheMedia 61 (September 11, 2015); Limn 6: The Total Archive, eds., Boris Jardine and Christopher Kelty (March 2016); “Media Conservation” posts on MoMA’s Inside/Out blog; Geoff Nunberg, “Google Books: A Metadata Train Wreck,” Language Log (August 29, 2009); Hito Steyerl, “In Defense of the Poor Image,” e-flux 10 (November 2009); Dennis Yi Tenen, “Preliminary Thoughts on the Way to the Free Library Congress,” Schloss – Post 2 (March 24, 2016) [on pirate libraries + file-sharing].

OTHER MATERIALITIES: D. Graham Burnett, “The Archive of Ice,” Cabinet 59 (Fall 2015): 96-101; Shannon Mattern, “Extract and Preserve,” New Geographies 9 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Graduate School of Design, December 2017); Malia Wollan and Spencer Lowell, “Arks of the Apocalypse,” New York Times Magazine (July 13, 2017).

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