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 that “the past must be lived so that the present can be seen.” 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, then, 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computers from the 1970s through the 1990s – as well as early works of digital literature/art which were created on the outdated hardware/software housed in the lab.

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MAL Director, Lori Emerson, playing with an Apple Lisa from 1983.

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.


4 Comments on “media archaeology lab”

  1. [...] materiality and what you’ve called “the agency of the machine”. Also, the Media Archaeology Lab that I run bears a strong affiliation to your Media Archaeological Fundus in Berlin – would [...]

  2. [...] just talking process/theory/ideas (a great start!), the merry band of JOUR6871 headed over to the Media Archaeology Lab for a talk by artist Joel Swanson.  Joel’s work challenged me, in a good way, and I will get [...]

  3. […] on archives, materiality and what you’ve called “the agency of the machine”. Also, the Media Archaeology Lab that I run bears a strong affiliation to your Media Archaeological Fundus in Berlin – would you […]


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