media archaeology lab

Much of my research and creative practice emerges from 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 unusual in that it’s a place for cross-disciplinary experimental research and teaching using still functioning but 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computers from the 1970s through the 1990s – as well as early works of digital literature/art which were created on the outdated hardware/software housed in the lab.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 read posts I’ve written related to the lab and to hands-on practice in a lab environment here. You can also view the lab’s holdings and stay abreast of lab-related news, media coverage, and artist residencies at the MAL’s website.