Archipel - International conference - Memories of the Future21/05/2010
Friday June 25th 2010
The rapid rise of digital network culture has a fundamental influence on the construction of our personal and social memory. The technologies used today to register, organise, find and share information have thoroughly changed our relation to past and present, but also the dynamics between remembering and forgetting. Consequently, the role and function of traditional memory institutions such as the museum, the library and the archive call for a reconsideration.
Now that it has become more and more easy to store and share information, new media promise not only an expansion but even a replacement of human memory. At the same time, there is a growing awareness that the accessibility and readability of information is increasingly dependent on different fast-changing layers of technological and social mediation. At first sight, we seem to be caught between two doomed visions: a future in which it will become impossible to escape from a digital mode of remembering and being remembered; and a society which remains attached to traditional preservation and memory practices and therefore is rendered blind to an important part of our history. How to find a new balance?
This conference intends to examine the role and notion of memory within a digital culture. What are the new memory forms developing today, hovering between the physical and the virtual, the local and the global, the formal and the informal, remembering and forgetting? What do the new memory paradigms represent for the social function and responsibility of memory institutions? What strategies can they- in the light of the expansion of information and memory industries - put in place to continue playing a lasting role in the public sphere? And finally, what are the implications for our use of digital resources - from a personal, educational, scientific or industrial perspective - as well as for the way in which we confer meaning to them? In other words, how can the traces of the past find a new place in the present, as a promise to the future?
Memories of the Future is organised in the framework of the IBBT research project Archipel by IBBT/SMIT, FARO, BAM, Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent in co-operation with vzw Waalse Krook. In Archipel universities, heritage institutions, arts organisations and technology companies study the potential of a sustainable digital archive infrastructure in Flanders. Archipel is supported by IWT (Agency for innovation by Science and Technology).
With Geoffrey C. Bowker, Peter B. Kaufman, Geert Lovink, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Andrew Payne, Richard Rinehart.
Friday June 25th 2010, Arts Centre Vooruit, Gent (BE)
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