Alan Sondheim on 28 Aug 2000 22:37:42 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Archaeology of Multimedia Conference (fwd)

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, we will launch the conference with a 
performance/lecture Thursday night by the digital collective Mongrel (a 
U.K.- and Jamaica-based artists group set up to explore issues of race, 
technology and new-eugenics, and an agency to co-ordinate and set up other 
new media projects so that those locked out of the mainstream can gain 
strength without getting locked into power structures). 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 Archaeology of Multi-Media" brings together an international group of 
scholars, artists, activists, and technologists, including:

Geoffrey Batchen (cultural criticism/history of photography; University of 
New Mexico, U.S.A.)
James Der Derian (international relations; Brown University, U.S.A.)
Richard Dienst (cultural criticism/visual media; Rutgers University, U.S.A.)
Thomas Elsaesser (film/television/new media theory; University of 
Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Wolfgang Ernst (history/classics/archaeology/museology/media studies; 
University of Bochum, Germany)
Julia Flanders (Women Writers Project; Scholarly Technology Group, Brown 
University, U.S.A.)
Graham Harwood (artist/programmer/co-ordinator; Mongrel, U.K.)
Ken Hillis (theories of communication technologies/virtual Geography/social 
and political identities; UNC, U.S.A.)
Mervin Jarman (artist/programmer/co-ordinator; Mongrel, Jamaica)
Thomas Keenan (human rights/literary theory/media studies; Bard College, 
Lev Manovich (artist, theorist and critic of new media; University of 
California, San Diego, U.S.A.)
Tara McPherson (gender and critical studies/television/new media/popular 
culture; USC, U.S.A.)
Thomas Levin (media and cultural history and theory; Princeton University, 
Geert Lovink (media theorist and activist; Adilkno + De Waag + many others, 
Nick Mirzeoff (visual culture/art history; SUNY Stony Brook, U.S.A.)
Lisa Nakamura (postcolonial studies/critical theory; Sonoma State, U.S.A.)
Renata Salecl (sociology, criminology, and philosophy; University of 
Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Cornelia Vismann (rhetoric and media techniques of law; European University 
Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder))

This conference, supported by the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Research in 
Culture and Media Studies
and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, 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 

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