The Work of Archaeology in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

That’s the tentative title for my session at WAC (the World Archaeological Congress).  It’s more suited for TAG, and I was intending to have a TAG session, way back when, but got busy and didn’t get around to it.  Maybe next year. Maybe I’ll save the title and go with my original:  Art, Archaeology and Technology: Current Experiments in Interpretation.  Hmm.

Here’s a draft of the abstract:

 Archaeologists have been rapidly integrating new media technologies into their interpretive schemes through a variety of methods.  Virtual worlds, social networking websites, blogs, wikis, and digital photo mash-ups are becoming legitimate alternate ways to present archaeological information.  Lower entry points for remixing photography, film, and databases into multimodal presentations increase the potential for archaeologists to use these media to tell their own stories. This, combined with a growing ubiquity of online media platforms, allows us to reach out to new publics by integrating archaeology into a greater social sphere.  Situated in a conference that is fully engaged with questions regarding the future of archaeology, this session explores current and future interpretive projects inspired by new media art and technology.  In this exploration we will discuss alternate narratives, collective actions and what it means to be an archaeologist in the digital age.  Alternate forms of papers and presentations such as films or websites are welcomed. 

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