Memories of the Future
Change from oral to written culture means shift in who is speaking history: from private (women) to officials, state, religion.
The 'database epoch' started already with the encyclopedia.
Digital age can / should change the unit of analysis. It is not just about new methods, but about what new questions can be asked?
Meta data friction: accept standardized system = giving up control, risk of losing expertise.
Scientists should publish databases they work from/with at same time as paper We need to foreground the database.
'mood' as a historical object
Problem: how to remember the aura of a time? Vgl. Science museum london – Steam Up Days: not only objects, but also capturing gestures etc. are remembered
Future memory of sexuality - historiography of norms
Giants on our shoulders prevent us from thinking :-)
Cryogenics … do you really need to keep everything? Need to archive ecosystems, not objects
Productivity paradox: it takes20-30 years to really think a new technology
against secrecy: rendering intolerance impossible through sharing data.
The past changes every day. To re-tell the past is a political act.
Science is community agreed Knowledge is always social
“books are rotten forms” How to take into account the physical side of language?
In digital age, forgetting is an exception
we assume: remembering is 'expensive', forgetting is default.
Forgetting related to capacity to change, evolve, grow.
Not forgetting = unforgiving. Not possible to run away, start again.
what options do we have?
- change ourselves (cognitive turn)
- change data (DRM or expiration date)
- change storage: more contextual, inclusive … “realistic”
Reconstructing Lost film
reconstruction based on law, legal documents
Archiving new media: descriptive practice: What are the parameters for it's recreation?
Variability vs. integrity of a work
Archived is not the object but it's recipe, score for recreation
Varying of classical museological objects is minimal, digital objects vary extremely.
How can you archive it's habitat and all it's children?
Archived modeled on a zoo, not a taxidermology