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[Nettime-bold] Conf: The Archaeology of Multi-Media

The Archaeology of Multi-Media
A Conference at Brown University (Providence RI, U.S.A.)
Thursday-Saturday, November 2-4, 2000

For two-and-a-half days, participants in the conference will engage and interrogate rhetoric about electronic media that describes them as fundamentally new, irrevocably transformative and virtually unstoppable. Refusing to rely on descriptions such as "new" and "digital" (for what medium has not at one time been new, or is not now produced digitally?), the conference will highlight mixed-media art and scholarship. It will seek some alternative interpretations and understandings of the singularity of electronic content, context, form, and audience, as well as another map of the ways in which media have always been multiple.  Archaeology of Multi-Media seeks to integrate historical scholarship and emerging modes of media theory, and to link the study of multimedia with existing work on 'traditional' media, as it opens some emergent spaces of mixture and multiplicity in present research and action.


Thursday 11.02.00
Starr Auditorium, Macmillan Hall

8-9:30 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks:
Michael Silverman, MCM chair

Conference Launch:
Mongrel: Graham Harwood, Mervin Jarman
9:30-11 p.m.
Reception/Art Show

Friday 11.03.00
Room 101, Salomon Hall
9:30-10 a.m.
Coffee and Refreshments

10-11:30 a.m.
Comparison: Cinema/Digital Media
Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Thomas Levin, Princeton
Michael Silverman, Brown (panel chair)

Comparison: Print/Digital Media
Wolfgang Ernst, University of Bochum,   Germany
Julia Flanders, STG Brown
Perry Curtis, Brown (panel chair)
1-2 p.m.
Lunch break
2-3:30 p.m.
Comparison: Conflict Media
Thomas Keenan, Bard
James DerDerian, Brown
Mary Ann Doane, Brown (panel chair)
3:30-5 p.m.
Comparison: Modes of Identification
Ken Hillis, University of North Carolina
Lisa Nakamura, Sonoma State University
Ellen Rooney, Brown (panel chair)
5-6:00 p.m.
Student Video Show

Saturday 11.04.00
Starr Auditorium, Macmillan Hall
9-9:30 a.m.
Coffee and Refreshments
9:30-11 a.m.
Comparison: Television/Video/Digital Media
Tara McPherson, University of Southern California
Richard Dienst, Rutgers University
Tony Cokes, Brown (panel chair)
11-12:30 p.m.
Comparison: Photography/Digital Media
Geoffrey Batchen, University of New Mexico
Nick Mirzoeff, SUNY Stony Brook
Roger Mayer, Brown (panel chair)
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch break
1:30-3 p.m.
Comparison: Social Movements
Geert Lovink, Nettime, Netherlands
Renata Salecl, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Elizabeth Weed, Brown (panel chair)

Coffee and Refreshments
3:15-4:45 p.m.
Comparison: Language/Systems
Lev Manovich, University of California, San Diego
Cornelia Vismann, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
Len Tennenhouse, Brown (panel chair)
5-6:00 p.m.
Concluding Roundtable:
Nancy Armstrong, Brown
Lynne Joyrich, Brown
Philip Rosen, Brown
Robert Scholes, Brown
Wendy Chun, Brown (panel chair)
10 p.m.
MCM DUG Fundraising Party,
Piano Lounge, Graduate Center

This conference, supported by the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Research in Culture and Media Studies, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, the Scholarly Technology Group and the Multi-Media Lab, and organized by the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, is free and open to the public but registration is required. Please register either on the web or by emailing  For more information, please visit the website at