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Ken Goldberg: Ouija 2000, 2000, Multi-media, courtesy of the artist.

Jan. 18, 2007

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is proud to present New Media & Social Memory, a public symposium to discuss strategies for preserving digital art at a time when digital technologies are evolving and becoming obsolete at an astonishingly rapid pace. While focussing on digital art, the symposium will also address larger concerns about the long-term conservation of our increasingly digital culture, including how we decide what digital content - from Web sites to video games - are worth saving. The full day of presentations and panel discussions by leading experts in the field of digital preservation will be held in the museum theater on Thursday, Jan. 18.

This symposium is open to the public free of charge; however, due to limited space, online registration is required.

Symposium Program

10:00-10:15 Introductions

Richard Rinehart, Digital Media Director & Adjunct Curator, BAM/PFA
Jane Metcalfe, Founder & Original Publisher, Wired Magazine, BAM/PFA Board


Stewart Brand, President, Long Now Foundation


Stewart Brand, President, Long Now Foundation, in conversation with
Kevin Kelly, Editor at Large, Wired Magazine
Jon Ippolito, Assistant Professor of New Media, University of Maine

12:00-1:00 Lunch break


Alexander Rose, Executive Director, Long Now Foundation Kurt Bollacker, Digital Research Director, Long Now Foundation


Marisa Olsen, Editor and Writer, Rhizome.org
Michael Katchen, Archivist, Franklin Furnace


Jeff Rothenberg, Computer Scientist
Richard Rinehart, Digital Media Director & Adjunct Curator, BAM/PFA


Bruce Sterling, Author, Founder, Dead Media Project

5:00-7:00 Public reception

Contact: Richard Rinehart,
rinehart@berkeley.edu. Archiving the Avant Garde: Documenting and Preserving Digital/Media Art is a consortium project of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Cleveland Performance Art Festival and Archive, Franklin Furnace Archive, and Rhizome.org, and is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.