Johannes Goebel: The Politics and Mechanics of Archiving - Moving Parts, the Cloud, Magnetic Fields, and Stone
Digital data, media, and machines cannot be left like a sculpture, a painting, or a book in a dark corner of some museum or library waiting to be discovered some day again. We like to believe that we have conquered eternity by digitizing everything. The opposite is true. A digital archive that is not constantly renewed will simply disappear, at the latest when the funding to just maintain existing data has dried up. Immediately. If you leave your family photos, your scientific data or your documentation of art works sitting on a shelf and believe you could retrieve them after say ten years, you will more likely than not be disappointed. — Johannes Goebel
This program is supported by the University of Washington’s School of Music and the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media. In-kind support is provided by the Microsoft Corporation. The talk is presented in conjunction with 9e2 Seattle.
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