Jussi Parikka's media archaeology focused ideas, notes and short draft writings.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Media Archaeology and Technological Debris
An event at Goldsmiths College in London:
Postgraduate Workshop & Conference: Media Archaeology and Technological Debris Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21, 2013, Goldsmiths, University of London
This workshop aims to bring academics and PhD students together to discuss emerging research projects on the field of media studies. It means to combine the thriving approach of media archaeology with the growing environmental concerns about technological debris, emphasizing the complementary character of these topics in the construction of a material understanding of media practices=92 past, present and future. We expect to gather a number of emerging investigations that can shed new light over the socio-political, economic, cultural, technological, material and aesthetic dimensions of the continuous phenomena of novelty and obsolescence of media systems. In doing so, we also hope to create conditions to examine the systems of relationship formulated around these topics, paying particular attention to the regimes of value that define media objects either as museum artifacts or as rubbish in different global/local contexts (such as Europe and Latin America).
10-15 PhD students will be selected to participate. The workshop itself will last for two days: The first day will be composed of closed reading groups in which the seasoned researchers will act as respondents and mediators for the presentation of the participating students, while the second day will be a small conference open to the public. As such, the workshop intends to create a platform for exchanging ideas and research methods upon this interdisciplinary field.
The event is being organized by students and graduates of Goldsmiths’ Department of Media and Communications, and is sponsored by Goldsmiths’ Graduate School.
Confirmed speakers: Sean Cubitt (Media & Comms, Goldsmiths); Graham Harwood (Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths); Jennifer Gabrys (Sociology, Goldsmiths); Jussi Parikka (Media & Design, University of Southampton); Gabriel Menotti (Audiovisual, UFES); and people from Access Space (Sheffield).
Possible themes include: - archaeological and anarchaeological research - the repurposing of old devices (for fun & profit & art) - programmed obsolescence and the temporality of materials and technologies - precarious technical milieus - artifact materiality and value - media museography and historiography - transnational contexts for zombie media - industrial media and environmental hazards - practices and economies of recycling technology - electronic recycling and archiving of technological artifacts - qualities, histories and applications of media systems and media ecologies - global and local economic forces in cycles of innovation and decay
To apply, please submit a text document containing a title, a brief description of your project (no more than 250 words), and a brief biography to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, April 21, 17:00 GMT.