Lori Emerson: The Media Archaeology Lab as Thinkertoy

  • Location:
    FVNMA Screening Room, 112 S. Michigan, room #1307, Chicago, Illinois, 60603, US

The FVNMA Media Archeologies Institute is excited to present Lori Emerson

Lori Emerson will discuss how the field of media archaeology undergirds her Media Archaeology Lab in that the MAL is a kind of thinking device (or, as Ted Nelson put it, "thinkertoy") that enables us to tinker and to track writing-as-tinkering in early works of digital literature. She will also discuss how providing access to the utterly unique, material specificity of obsolete computers, their interfaces, platforms, and software makes it possible to defamiliarize or make visible for critique contemporary, invisible interfaces and platforms.

>Lori Emerson is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She works on experimental writing from the 20th and 21st century, history of computing, and media theory. In addition to directing the Media Archaeology Lab, Emerson is the author of _Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound_ (forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press, Spring 2014) and co-editor of  _The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media_, with Marie-Laure Ryan and Benjamin Robertson (forthcoming 2014); _Writing Surfaces: The Selected Fiction of John Riddell_, with Derek Beaulieu (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2013); and _The Alphabet Game: A bpNichol Reader_, with Darren Wershler (Coach House Press, 2007). http://loriemerson.net/


The Film, Video, New Media, Animation department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will present a series of lectures and workshops that will take place throughout the Fall 2013 semester. Its main objective being to provide a site for inquiry into the burgeoning field of Media Archeology. Leading figures in the field will visit SAIC and present their research and various theory-practice approaches within the Media Archeological framework in order to inform, inspire, and initiate media-art practitioners and researchers in Chicago. Participants are this fall are: Erkki Huhtamo, Lori Emerson, Chris Ottinger, Ben Fino-Radin, and Nick Briz. All lectures and workshops are free and open to the public.