THE HOOKS AND LOOPS OF ARCHIVING
THE MEMORY OF TECHNOLOGY X THE PRESENT
Location: Theater Kikker
The Hooks and Loops of Archiving
The advent of computers and information technology in the 20th century stimulated the gathering and storing of knowledge tremendously. We place blind faith in digital technology. But are there also risks? How can we make sure that in the future we will be able to find our way in the continually expanding amount of information about the present? Three experts present their work: Kristen Gwinn-Becker, director of HistoryIT, warns that digital information can become unfindable; Bregtje van der Haak made the VPRO television documentary Digitaal geheugenverlies (Digital Amnesia) and Charles van den Heuvel talks about Paul Otlet’s Mundaneum (known as the ’internet of paper’), and sketches an alternative history of the World Wide Web.
Kristen Gwinn-Becker― Speaker
There is a fundamental disconnect between the ways in which historical information is made available and how most people now search for it. This gulf creates a real and immediate danger for our understanding of the past. Dr. Kristen Gwinn-Becker, Founder and CEO of HistoryIT, describes how this results not from a technological challenge, but a cultural and behavioral one. Most managers of historical information are replicating their analog practices in the digital realm, rather than adopting a digital methodology. In her talk, she explores the analog-digital divide as it relates to historical information and explains the digital practices that must be adopted to deliver a solution.
Bregtje van der Haak― Artist
Bregtje van der Haak is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. Since 1988, she has been directing international documentaries and transmedia productions about the changing world (for example: DNA Dreams, Lagos Wide & Close, TechMens en Digital Amnesia). She has been a guest lecturer at the school of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong and at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism in Los Angeles, where she researched new journalism. In 2006/2007 she was the editor-in-chief of Dutch television network VPRO, and she has been a board member of the Prins Claus Fund and the Erasmus Prize since 2009.
Charles van den Heuvel― Speaker
Charles van den Heuvel is Head of the Department of History of Science and Scholarship at the Huygens Institute for Dutch History. His most recent research within Huygens ING covers the relationships between the history of science and the history of library and information studies. In this context, he is particularly oriented toward the history of the classification of the sciences and the (visual) representation of (universal) knowledge and the history of the World Wide Web. Further, his research is also directed toward the application of digital resources and methods in the Humanities.
Imar de Vries― Moderator
Imar de Vries is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Culture Studies at the University of Utrecht, where he studies innovation discourses of wireless technologies, social media, and augmented reality. As a student he specialised in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Utrecht, writing his graduation thesis on the communicative affordances of virtual 3D worlds and mobile telephony. After his graduation in 2002 he first went on to become a junior teacher within the same institute he took his graduate courses, and in 2003 he accepted the position of junior teacher/researcher, a full time job that acquired him to dedicate 50% of his time to teaching courses, and the other 50% to writing his dissertation. He obtained his PhD in 2008 with a media archaeological study into communicative desires, which has since been published as Tantalisingly Close at Amsterdam University Press.