Friday, June 27, 2014

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] ART, NEW MEDIA, AND SOCIAL MEMORY

Roger, thanks for that introduction and hello to my colleagues on the Yasmin list,

As Roger mentioned, in "Re-Collection: Art, New Media, & Social Memory" - the first book dedicated to the subject of collecting and preserving new media art - co-author Jon Ippolito and I have attempted to provide a broad introduction to the unique challenges that lie at the intersection of art, technology, and preservation. An overarching theme of the book is how digital media (art or not) are impacting our collective long-term or social memory (how do we remember for centuries when the object of memory may be comprised of invisible and fleeting bits?)

I'd be happy to field comments or questions from the Yasmin list, and I'd be especially curious to hear from others who may have had any experience with the long-term retention of digital content or systems from any field or who have been involved in future-thinking planning around new technologies. Since this is all so new, even personal anecdotes can prove illustrative. What's your story?

In any case, greetings to you all and if you are curious about this topic, please also see:

Richard Rinehart
Samek Art Museum
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA, 17837

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