[NetBehaviour] Media Archaeology Lab

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Wed Jul 17 18:15:57 CEST 2013

Media Archaeology Lab

cross-disciplinary research, teaching the tools, software, & platforms

Founded in 2009 and based at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the 
motto of the Media Archaeology Lab (MAL) is that “the past must be lived 
so that the present can be seen.” Nearly all digital media labs are 
conceived of as a place for experimental research using the most 
up-to-date, cutting-edge tools available. However, the MAL—which is the 
largest of its kind in North America—is a place for cross-disciplinary 
experimental research and teaching using obsolete tools, hardware, 
software and platforms, from the past. The MAL is propelled equally by 
the need to both preserve and maintain access to historically important 
media of all kinds – from magic lanterns, projectors, typewriters to 
personal computers from the 1970s through the 1990s – as well as early 
works of digital literature/art which were created on the outdated 
hardware/software housed in the lab.

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