Ephemerality and the Archive: Memory in the Age of Digital Remediation
I built a digital agent to address problems of memory around digital archives and database culture. Using Python and open source libraries the program takes control of a digital archive on behalf of the user, remembering, forgetting, combining, and overwriting the archive’s contents based on user interactions. It tackles the theoretical concerns about the archive as a matter of fact – conditions that allow objects through their presence in the archive to generate objectivity – by treating those concerns themselves as matters of fact. Each loop of user interactions and agent actions transforms the scale, permanence, and objectivity of archival objects as matters of fact into a matters of concern. The user, archive, and agent together ask about archive, "What is there?"
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Eng-Wilmot, Graham; Eng-Wilmot, Graham (2008-04-24)This project emerges from questions about how American society approaches film archiving and preservation, particularly in relation to the materiality of the image objects such an activity is predicated on. In the current ...