Recorder Needed: Seeing Past and Present Anew

Volunteering is a great way to network and meet really interesting folks.  Check out the opportunity below – BL

Hi everybody,

I am moderating the session “Seeing Past and Present Anew: Animating the Archive” with the presenters Michael Mittelman and Peter Blank, and am looking for a recorder. Your task would be to capture a succinct summary of the session. Since many of you will likely already taking notes, it shouldn’t be too much of an extra effort to make those available for the benefit of the larger ARLIS community. :-)

Please e-mail me directly if you are interested – details on the session are below.

Much thanks,


waibelg [at] oclc [dot] org

Part of the City Experience @ MIT

1:45pm – 3:15pm

Seeing Past and Present Anew: Animating the Archive

Traditionally the “archive” is thought of as a treasure trove of primary source materials, developed via an ongoing cumulation and classification that, over time, allows researchers to triangulate in their investigations into past cultural practices. The Future Archive Project at MIT expands this notion by documenting artists’ methods of creation and collaboration so other artists, historians, and theorists can view artistic process as works are created via a Web portal, not years later. At Stanford a reconceptualization of “collection” from an incrementally increasing aggregate to an ever reconstituting and redefining mass of cultural detritus redefines collection development and instructional practices.

Michael Mittelman, Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Founder and Publisher of ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peter Blank, Head Librarian, Stanford University Art & Architecture Library

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