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Friday, October 22 • 11:10am - 12:10pm
Keynote: Digital Archiving-in-Process as Reparative Practice

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Why archive in real time? Digital objects are highly ephemeral, subject to changes to platform technologies, creator resources and physical infrastructure (hard drives, computers, servers, etc.). Many view native-digital objects as disposable, given the immense volume produced and "amateur" or low-budget production value. Yet digital technologies have also expanded who gets to tell stories and the diversity of stories we see. Preserving these artifacts are critical to our understanding of rapidly shifting and expanding cultural discourses in the 21st century. Digital archiving-in-process offers opportunities for community engagement and restorative justice in media and culture. By engaging artists in creating and distributing digital artifacts, we can support the training and development of communities that have been historically excluded from existing archives due to the marginalization in cultural systems. Positioning the OTV | Open Television platform as a living digital archive through its support of the development and distribution of low-budget film, television and video showcasing intersectionality, I show the value of expanding archival practice to include the active creation of new work and preservation of digital objects as they are made. This practice repairs the historical exclusion of cultural productions by artists marginalized because of their race, gender, sexuality, religion, disability and citizenship status.

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Aymar Jean Christian

Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication Studies, Northwestern University
Aymar Jean "AJ" Christian is an associate professor of communication studies at Northwestern University. His research focuses on the political economy of legacy and new media, cultural studies and community-based research. He published his first book, Open TV: Innovation Beyond H... Read More →

Friday October 22, 2021 11:10am - 12:10pm EDT