The MAL has two major ongoing projects - Artist and Scholar Residencies, and Technical Reports. We also have a number of projects that happen spontaneously, as ad-hoc expressions of day-to-day MAL activity. Here you'll find the ongoing projects - check under 'Community' for our more spontaneous doings.
MALware technical reports document events, research, teaching, and artist residencies taking place in and through the lab. Rather than white papers which are typically authoritative statements about solutions or policies, our technical reports are intended to be more processual – they can describe the progress or process of teaching, research or artistic activity in the MAL, or they may simply outline a particular problem in or related to the MAL. Our hope is that these technical reports provide a media studies and humanities-oriented outlet for investigations into technology.
The Media Archaeology Lab (MAL) residency program has attracted researchers, artists, musicians, and writers from the UK, Sweden, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, and across the US. Residencies provide full access to the lab and its collection for as long as is necessary for project completion. In addition to working in the lab, MAL residents present a talk or produce a small publication, performance, or exhibition that features the residency project and its results. We are not currently accepting Residency applications, but we are working to create future residency opportunities. Previous residencies have been coordinated by Mél Hogan, Lauren Samblanet, Maya Livio, and libi striegl.
MAL Technical Reports
- Author:Roel Roscam Abbing, Martino MorandiTitle:Using a Teletype Model 43 with Gnu/LinuxA Super Report, Very TechnicalPublished:02/13/2019Abstract:
The Teletype Model 43 is a so-called teleprinter or dumb terminal. It can be used as an interface to various other machines to provide a terminal interface. Yes, there is a direct relation between your OS's virtual terminal, ttys and these kinds of machines.
- Author:A. Grace WilsonTitle:Magic Lantern GIF creationPublished:01/01/1970Abstract:
The author describes the process and value behind the re-creation of modern short-form visual entertainment, in this case a GIF of 2007 Internet phenomenon Keyboard Cat, using a magic lantern from 1910. In the context of the MAL’s mission of living the past to see the present, this venture has power. GIF creation and dissemination is a momentary process in a digital sphere, but when slowed down to account for the practical demands of physical productions, the considerations of what constitutes worth, optimization, and fidelity are changed.
- Author:Chris TorrenceTitle:Copying Floppy Disks for Apple //e ComputersPublished:02/01/2020Abstract:
Instructional text for transferring disk images to the Apple //e for the creation of new floppydisks. The Media Archaeology Lab has both a SuperSerial card and an Uthernet II card that canbe used for disk image transfers and this covers the use of both.
- Author:Maureen MuseTitle:Nostalgia vs. RetroactivityPublished:02/10/2016Abstract:
How can we account for the continued attraction of analog photography? Is it the direct physical engagement the photographer experiences with the camera when capturing one unique impression of time and light? Is it an emotional resonance created by a media that comes from the past? Perhaps it is inspired by the technical skills and artistry that the analog camera demands — even if many of them only ever required us to just point and shoot… My work examines the nature of this attraction and questions why, and under what conditions, outmoded cameras still play such an important role in contemporary photography, alongside newer and more technically advanced models. Entitled, “Nostalgia vs. Retroactivity’, this work questions the emotional quality that is added with older medias. Specifically, it examines the nature of our emotional response to medias manufactured before the user was born, a reflexive, displaced and perhaps mistaken sense of nostalgia. The camera that was used in this work was itself a family heirloom, which was altered with a set of custom designed filters over the lens. Each lenses was inscribed with the outlines of figures taken from photographs that had been taken with the same camera decades before. Many of the photographs in this work are photographs of photographs from a collection belonging to the previous user of this camera who captured these moments many years before.
- Author:Elana Lev FriedlandTitle:MALevolencePublished:05/01/2018Abstract:
This report documents the soundscape the author created which takes participants from the front door of the Media Archaeology Lab through all of its rooms while following a disjointed, dream-like narrative. Listeners are asked to engage in a number of experiments. These exercises entailed a mixture of imagining and concrete, corporeal tasks. Other components of the audioscape include remembrances from childhood that occurred at the intersections of family and media. A chief aim of the project was to tap into the realm of nostalgia without veering into sentimentality while also serving as an overview of the MAL's space and objects.