Computer legacies: Narrating histories of digital media in museums

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January 27, 2022
United Kingdom
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Archaeology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Humanities

How do museums narrate histories of computing and digital media? Join us for the "Computer legacies" online symposium on 27 January 2022 at 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM GMT

This online event takes place on Thursday, 27th January 2022 at 3.30pm-6.30pm GMT on Zoom. Participation is free upon registration, places are limited.

The event will feature a presentation of work conducted in the Circuits of Practice’s Digital Atelier, an ensemble developing alternative, challenging, creative ways of understanding and sharing the project’s findings. Then a roundtable will bring together researchers and practitioners from international institutions to discuss the role of museums in narrating histories of the digital. The event will be closed by a keynote held by Fernando Domínguez Rubio, author of Still Life: Ecologies of the Modern Imagination at the Art Museum (University of Chicago Press, 2020).

About the Circuits of Practice project

Circuits of Practice is an AHRC-funded project that explores the role of museums in constructing a historical heritage centred around the emergence and development of computing and digital media. Taking up the metaphor of the electronic circuit, where electrical connections between diverse components enable complex operations to be performed, the project brought together curators from leading museums in the UK (Bletchley Park, the Centre for Computing History, The National Museum of Computing, the National Science and Media Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum), leading international institutions (the Computer History Museum in the USA, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation “Miraikan” in Japan, the National Museum of Science and Technology “Leonardo Da Vinci” in Milan, Italy), a company partner (BT Group), and an interdisciplinary team of university-based researchers including the Principal Investigator, Prof. Simone Natale (Loughborough University, UK and the University of Turin, Italy), co-Investigator Professor Ross Parry (University of Leicester, UK) and Research Associate Dr Petrina Foti (Loughborough University, UK).

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