Alexander Russo on 23 Aug 2000 18:29:58 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] CONF: Archaelogy of Multimedia

The Archaeology of Multi-Media
A Conference at Brown University (Providence RI, U.S.A.)
Thursday-Saturday, November 2-4, 2000

For two-and-a-half days, participants in the conference will engage and interrogate rhetoric about electronic media that describes them as fundamentally new, irrevocably transformative and virtually unstoppable. Refusing to rely on descriptions such as "new" and "digital" (for what medium has not at one time been new, or is not now produced digitally?), the conference will highlight mixed-media art and scholarship. It will seek some alternative interpretations and understandings of the singularity of electronic content, context, form, and audience, as well as another map of the ways in which media have always been multiple.  Archaeology of Multi-Media seeks to integrate historical scholarship and emerging modes of media theory, and to link the study of multimedia with existing work on 'traditional' media, as it opens some emergent spaces of mixture and multiplicity in present research and action.

In order to do this, the digital collective Mongrel--a UK and Jamaica based artists group set up to explore issues of race, technology and new-eugenics--will launch the conference with a performance/lecture Thursday night. This event will be followed on Friday and Saturday by eight ninety-minute panels, as well as student mixed-media displays, covering issues like: film, television and video, and print and or as electronic media; language and systems; conflict media; identity and difference; and social movements.

"The Archeology of Multi-Media" brings together an international group of scholars, artists, activists, and technologists, including:

Geoffrey Batchen, University of New Mexico
James Der Derian, Brown University
Richard Dienst, Rutgers University
Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wolfgang Ernst, University of Bochum, Germany
Julia Flanders, STG Brown
Ken Hillis, University of North Carolina
Thomas Keenan, Bard College
Thomas Levin, Princeton University
Geert Lovink, Nettime, Netherlands
Lev Manovich, University of California, San Diego
Tara McPherson, University of Southern California
Nick Mirzeoff, SUNY Stony Brook
Lisa Nakamura, Sonoma State
Renata Salecl, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Cornelia Vismann, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)

This conference, supported by the Malcom S. Forbes Center and the Pembroke Center, and organized by the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please register either on the web or by emailing  For more information, please visit the website at