No Dust in the Digital Archive?

Monday November 26, 2012: 10 am–5 pm

Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115

Over the past few decades, the traditional space of the archive—physical and dusty— has sparked alternative knowledge and possibilities to contest history in the hands of visual artists and cultural activists. The archive has been mined and interrogated as actively for what it misses and hides as for what it displays and protects. More recently, following a desire for democratization, supported by a wide and effective dissemination of information and technologies to upload and store data, the static authority of the archive has been redirected to a participatory and mutable status. The production and use of contemporary digital archives problematizes notions of copyright, accessibility and permanency, offering a new form to connect with our past.


Alloy Orchestra, Man With The Movie Camera

Jessica Borusky, Feminist Inquiry, Artistic Practice, and the Archive

Bonnie Donohue, Killing Mapepe: Sex and Death in Cold War Puerto Rico

Marianne Hirsch, Connective Memories, Digital Archives

Mike Mandel, They Came to Baghdad

Susan Meiselas, Aka Kurdistan

Chantal Zakari, They Came to Baghdad

Introductory remarks will be given by Carla Herrera-Prats, Graduate Program Director of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Thanks to support from Jim Dow (Critical studies and Photography faculty), Jack Neylan (MFA ‘13) and Sarah Pollman (MFA ‘13).


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