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'''Dead Media Research Studio'''
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'''Media Archaeology'''
  
This course is devoted to media archaeology, that is, historical research on forgotten, obsolete, or otherwise “dead” media technologies. Examples range from Athanasius Kircher’s seventeenth-century magic lantern to the common slide projector, discontinued by Kodak in 2004. Our goal is to acquire the skills and resources necessary for producing rigorous and compelling scholarship on such media. The course will include an exposure to recent contributions to the field of media archaeology; an introduction to research methods; instruction on the identification and utilization of word, image, and sound archives; and an emphasis on the need to restore media artifacts to their proper social and cultural context. The course stems from the premise that media archaeology is best undertaken, like any archaeological project, collaboratively. Hence the course follows a research studio model commonly used in disciplines such as architecture.
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This course is devoted to media archaeology, that is, historical research into forgotten, obsolete, neglected or otherwise dead media technologies. Depending on our understanding of “media” — one of the questions we’ll discuss — these might include forms as diverse as typewriters, phonographs, Polaroid photography, prison tattoo codes and the Victorian language of floral bouquets, outmoded video game platforms, computing systems, and musical instruments, smoke signals, scent organs, shorthand notation, and rocket mail delivery. Our premise is that understanding these things can help us gain a better sense of the development, meaning and legacy of media technologies, now and in the future; our goal is to introduce students to the skills and resources necessary for producing rigorous research on such obsolete and obscure media. The course will include an exposure to scholarship in media archaeology; an intensive introduction to research methods; finding and exploring word, image, and sound archives; and the restoration of media artifacts to their deep social, cultural and personal context. The course stems from the premise that media archaeology is best undertaken, like any archaeological project, collaboratively: we will follow a hands-on research studio model commonly used in disciplines such as architecture or design.
  
= Dossiers =
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[http://finnb.net/a/fall2010syllabus.pdf Fall 2010 syllabus]
  
[[Pneumatic Tubes]]
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= Dossiers--Fall 2010 =
  
[[Hotel Annunciator]]
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<categorytree mode=pages hideroot=on>Fall 2010</categorytree>
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= Dossiers--Spring 2010 =
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<categorytree mode=pages hideroot=on>Spring 2010</categorytree>
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= Browse the Archive =
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* by [[Special:Categories|category]]
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* by date: [[:Category:Fall 2010|Fall 2010]] / [[:Category:Spring 2010|Spring 2010]]
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* by [[:Category:Dossier|alphabetical list]]
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= Start a New Dossier =
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* Read how to [[Start a New Dossier]]
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* Browse through a list of [[:Category:Proposed Dossier|proposed dossiers]] that are available to start
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= Critical Techniques =
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As a group we are developing a series of [[Critical Techniques]] that help facilitate the analysis of dead media artifacts.
  
[[Newspaper via Radio Facsimile]]
 
  
 
= Background =
 
= Background =
  
Some entries in the archive are drawn from the [http://www.deadmedia.org Dead Media Project], an email list devoted to the topic started by [http://www.well.com/conf/mirrorshades Bruce Sterling] and more recently moderated by Tom Jennings. Ironically their email list is now dead.  
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Some entries in the archive are drawn from the [http://www.deadmedia.org Dead Media Project], an email list devoted to the topic started by [http://www.well.com/conf/mirrorshades Bruce Sterling] and more recently moderated by Tom Jennings. The email list is now dead.
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= Links =
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[http://www.experimentaljetset.nl/lostformats/01.html Lost formats]
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[http://obsoleteskills.com/ Obsolete Skills]
  
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[http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/09/19/magazine/classroom-technology.html/ The Evolution of Classroom Technology]
  
 
= Special Pages =
 
= Special Pages =

Latest revision as of 01:25, 24 November 2010

Media Archaeology

This course is devoted to media archaeology, that is, historical research into forgotten, obsolete, neglected or otherwise dead media technologies. Depending on our understanding of “media” — one of the questions we’ll discuss — these might include forms as diverse as typewriters, phonographs, Polaroid photography, prison tattoo codes and the Victorian language of floral bouquets, outmoded video game platforms, computing systems, and musical instruments, smoke signals, scent organs, shorthand notation, and rocket mail delivery. Our premise is that understanding these things can help us gain a better sense of the development, meaning and legacy of media technologies, now and in the future; our goal is to introduce students to the skills and resources necessary for producing rigorous research on such obsolete and obscure media. The course will include an exposure to scholarship in media archaeology; an intensive introduction to research methods; finding and exploring word, image, and sound archives; and the restoration of media artifacts to their deep social, cultural and personal context. The course stems from the premise that media archaeology is best undertaken, like any archaeological project, collaboratively: we will follow a hands-on research studio model commonly used in disciplines such as architecture or design.

Fall 2010 syllabus

Dossiers--Fall 2010


Dossiers--Spring 2010


Browse the Archive


Start a New Dossier


Critical Techniques

As a group we are developing a series of Critical Techniques that help facilitate the analysis of dead media artifacts.


Background

Some entries in the archive are drawn from the Dead Media Project, an email list devoted to the topic started by Bruce Sterling and more recently moderated by Tom Jennings. The email list is now dead.


Links

Lost formats

Obsolete Skills

The Evolution of Classroom Technology

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