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Thinking from history towards an empowering of use(r)s An e-mail interview with Jussi Parikka — an n e t d e k k e r

Although you’re probably best known for your research and writing on media archaeology, I would like to talk to you about one specific issue that also plays an important role in media archaeology but seems at times to be taken for granted: the relevance of memory. But before we really get started, what is your interest in media archaeology? Media archaeologists have mostly been interested in audio­ visual cultures. This emphasis was less of a focus for me. Instead I started combining these ideas into an analysis of accidents, software and network culture, so as to introduce ideas about archaeology of (malicious) software: how did computer viruses contribute to our understanding of Internet culture, and could we invert the idea of such types of software from being nuisances to incidental features of networking. Software provided me with a way to think about the archival features of digital culture and focus on its anomalies as a way to investigate the flip sides that are actually more interesting than the usual narratives of digitality.

Speculative Scenarios — Edited by Annet Dekker  

There is a growing understanding of the use of technological tools for dissemination or mediation in the museum, but artistic experiences th...