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Data Archive Infrastructure

Elective graduate seminar course, The New School

‚ÄúThere has been more information produced in the last 30 years than during the previous 5000.‚ÄĚ

We‚Äôve¬†all¬†heard some variation on this¬†maxim. As we find ourselves wading through a billion websites; as publishers¬†supply over two million books to the world‚Äôs libraries each year; as we¬†continue to add new media ‚Äď from¬†apps to geo-tagged maps ‚Äď to our everyday¬†media repertoires, we continually search for new ways to navigate¬†this¬†ever more treacherous sea of information. Meanwhile, our analog audio-visual¬†archives are deteriorating,¬†and our ever-volatile digital media and data sets¬†present their own preservation challenges. Throughout human¬†history we¬†have relied on various institutions and politico-intellectual architectures to¬†organize, index, preserve,¬†make sense of, and facilitate or control access¬†to our stores of knowledge, our assemblages of media, our¬†collections of¬†information. This seminar looks at the past, present, and future of our¬†archives, libraries, and data¬†repositories, and considers what logics,¬†politics, audiences, contents, aesthetics, physical forms, etc., define them.¬†We will examine what roles these collections play in a variety of¬†contexts: in democracy, in education, in science, in socio-cultural heritage, in everyday¬†life, and in art. Throughout the semester we‚Äôll examine myriad analog¬†and digital¬†artworks that make use of archival/library material, or take¬†the archive, library, or data repository as their¬†subject. Some classes¬†will involve field trips and guest speakers. Students will have the option of¬†completing a¬†substantial traditional research project, or a research-based,¬†theoretically-informed creative/production project¬†for the class.

Fall 2018 Website
Fall 2017 Website

See also Archived Class: Bookshelves to Big Data

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Archived Course: Archives, Libraries + Databases

Graduate seminar elective

“There has been more information produced in the last 30 years
than during the previous 5000.‚ÄĚ

We‚Äôve all heard some variation on this maxim. As U.S. publishers add 250,000 printed books and close to 300,000 print-on-demand books to our libraries each year; as we find ourselves wading through over 200 million websites; as we continue to add new media ‚Äď from Tweets to Apps to geo-tagged maps ‚Äď to our everyday media repertoires, we continually search for new ways to navigate this ever more treacherous sea of information. Throughout human history we have relied on various institutions and politico-intellectual architectures to organize, index, preserve, make sense of, and facilitate or control access to our stores of knowledge, our assemblages of media, our collections of information. This seminar looks at the past, present, and future of the library, the archive, and the database, and considers what logics, priorities, politics, audiences, contents, aesthetics, physical forms, etc., ally and differentiate these institutions. We will examine what roles the library, archive, and the database play in democracy, in education, in everyday life, and in art. Throughout the semester we‚Äôll examine myriad analog and digital artworks that make use of library/archival material, or take the library, archive, or database as their subject. Some classes will involve field trips and guest speakers. Students will have the option of completing at least one theoretically-informed creative/production project for the class.

I was invited to talk about our work in this course at the 2014 Digital Preservation conference at the Library of Congress (talk + slides here), on the LOC’s Signal blog, and at the 2015 New York Art Resources Consortium conference at the Museum of Modern Art (talk + slides here). Archivist Extraordinaire Rick Prelinger has also had some nice things to say about the course:

Fall 2014: Syllabus | Course Website

Fall 2013: Syllabus | Course Website | Recap of Semester + Student Projects

Fall 2012: Syllabus | Course Website | Recap of Semester + Student Projects

Spring 2011: Syllabus | Course Website | Recap of Semester + Student Projects

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Boundary Condition: The Interface @ MLA (2017)

I was invited to join Amy Earhart, Hannah Alpert Abrams, Amanda Licastro, Rachel Buurma, and Brian Rosenblum at the Modern Language Association conference in Philadelphia on January 6, 2017, to discuss the labor behind the creation and maintenance of digital collections. You can find my talk and slides here.

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Middlewhere: Landscapes of Library Logistics

‚ÄúMiddlewhere: Landscapes of Library Logistics,‚Ä̬†Urban Omnibus¬†(June 24, 2015)

Reprint:¬†‚ÄúBehind New York‚Äôs Library Network,‚Ä̬†Motherboard¬†(July 21, 2015)

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Speculative Archaeology

‚ÄúSpeculative Archaeology,‚Ä̬†Places¬†(December 12,¬†2014)

on the myriad art and design projects that adopt the m.o., method, or metaphor of archaeology

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Fluid Text, Total Design: The Woodberry Poetry Room as Idea, Collection, and Place

‚ÄúFluid Text, Total Design: The Woodberry Poetry Room as Idea, Collection, and Place,‚Ä̬†Space and Culture¬†14:1 (2011): 27-50¬†

on the materialities and affective experience of poetry and architecture (here is the full, unabridged text)