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Wolfgang Ernst: "Archival Time(s)", Oslo October 6

Published on 20 September, 2010

Professor Wolfgang Ernst (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin) will visit Oslo University october 6 15-17 for a lecture entitled "Archival Time(s)". The lecture will be held at Nasjonalbibliotekets Slottsbibliotek, Solli plass, Oslo.

"Archival Time(s)"

Abstract: Inspired by artistic practice in modernism, media-theoretical analysis focuses on the message of the medium itself. Applied to memory agencies and especially the ,digital archive', this method demands not only a close analysis of its different technology but a new interpretation of its different epistemological and aesthetical dimension as well. While the traditional archival format (spatial order, classification) will in many ways necessarily persist, the new archive is radically temporalized, ephemeral, multisensual, corresponding with a dynamic user culture which is less concerned with records for eternity but with order by fluctuation. New kinds of search engines will not only answer the needs of media arts but develop into a new "art of the archive" itself.

Wolfgang Ernst is Professor and Chair (Media Theories), Institute for Musicology and Media Studies, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin. His books include: Das Rumoren der Archive: Ordnung aus Unordnung, (2002, in Swedish as Sorlet från arkiven, 2008), M.edium F.oucault. Weimarer Vorlesungen über Archive, Archäologie, Monumente und Medien, (2000), Im Namen von Geschichte: Sammeln, speichern, (er)zählen (a thesis on the infrastructure of memory, 2003), Das Gesetz des Gedächtnisses. Medien und Archive am Ende (des 20. Jahrhunderts) (2007). Co-author of: Semën Karsakov: Ideenmaschine. Von der Homöopathie zum Computer (2007, with Wladimir Velminski). Co-editor of: Suchbilder.Visuelle Kultur zwischen Algorithmen und Archiven (2003, with Stefan Heidenreich and Ute Holl), and: Computing in Russia. The history of computer devices and information technology revealed (2001, with Georg Trogemann and Alexander Nitussov). Among several articles: "Logistik der Bibliothek" (on erotic and illegal books at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich) in: Der" Giftschrank". Erotik, Sexualwissenschaft, Politik und Literatur. "Remota": Die weggesperrten Bücher der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek, ed. Stephan Kellner (2002).

See also: Geert Lovink's interview with Wolfgang Ernst

Contact: Ina Blom

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