Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The archive and heritage institutions in the digital age - an interview with Dr Robin Boast

As flagged earlier, I believe that one of the key issues that Media Archaeology can address is how we are rethinking and redoing the archive - and more generally cultural memory institutions - in the age of software. Wolfgang Ernst is one of the key media archaeology scholars offering ideas towards the concept of archive -- emphasizing how storage is conflating with search algorithms, and how we need to rethink archives as dynamic time-critical entities.

I also interviewed Dr Robin Boast from the Cambridge Museum for Archaeology and Anthropology on this topic and the interview can be heard as part of our Creative Technologies Review podcast, episode 11. Dr Boast is able to flag important and fresh ideas of how our cultural institutions of memory are taking into account the new networked environments - and where there is still much work to be done.


  1. The link to episode 11 seems to be broken, or redirects to the wrong page. Any advice? Thanks.

  2. Will check what has happened! Meanwhile, the episodes are available here too:

  3. Thank you, Jussi. Unfortunately, th episodes seem to be available only in the US iTunes Store; they are unavailable in the Spanish one, or so I am told by iTunes. I hope you can fix the broken link!