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.

In order to do this, the digital collective Mongrel--a UK and Jamaica based
artists group set up to explore issues of race, technology and
new-eugenics--will launch the conference with a performance/lecture
Thursday night. This event will be followed on Friday and Saturday by eight
ninety-minute panels, as well as student mixed-media displays, covering
issues like: film, television and video, and print and or as electronic
media; language and systems; conflict media; identity and difference; and
social movements.

"The Archeology of Multi-Media" brings together an international group of
scholars, artists, activists, and technologists, including:

Geoffrey Batchen, University of New Mexico
James Der Derian, Brown University
Richard Dienst, Rutgers University
Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wolfgang Ernst, University of Bochum, Germany
Julia Flanders, STG Brown
Ken Hillis, University of North Carolina
Thomas Keenan, Bard College
Thomas Levin, Princeton University
Geert Lovink, Nettime, Netherlands
Lev Manovich, University of California, San Diego
Tara McPherson, University of Southern California
Nick Mirzeoff, SUNY Stony Brook
Lisa Nakamura, Sonoma State
Renata Salecl, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Cornelia Vismann, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)

This conference, supported by the Malcom S. Forbes Center and the Pembroke
Center, 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
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