Memories of the Future

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Geoffrey Bowker

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

Virtual archeology

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?

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

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”
  • abstinence

(social change?)

Peter Kaufman

Reconstructing Lost film


reconstruction based on law, legal documents

Richard Rhinehart

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

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