media archaeology lab

Most of my research is currently focused on directing and developing the Media Archaeology Lab (MAL), which I founded in 2009. The motto of the MAL is “past solutions to present problems.” Nearly all digital media labs are conceived of as a place for experimental research using the most up-to-date, cutting-edge tools available; however, the MAL is a place for cross-disciplinary experimental research and teaching using obsolete tools, hardware, software and platforms, from the past. The MAL is propelled equally by the need to both preserve and maintain access to historically important media of all kinds – from magic lanterns, projectors, typewriters to personal computers from the 1970s through the 1990s – as well as early works of digital literature/art which were created on the outdated hardware/software housed in the lab.

You can view the lab’s holdings and stay abreast of lab-related news, media coverage, and artist residencies at its website. You can also get a sense of what the lab looks like from these pictures and read a longer explanation of the MAL’s mission.

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