Digital Memory and the Archive (Electronic Mediations) by Wolfgang Ernst

By Wolfgang Ernst

Within the well known mind's eye, data are distant, principally out of date associations: both antiquated, unavoidably dusty libraries or sinister repositories of non-public secrets and techniques maintained via police states. but the archive is now a ubiquitous characteristic of electronic lifestyles. instead of being deleted, e-mails and different desktop records are archived. Media software program and cloud garage enable for the prompt cataloging and upkeep of information, from tune, photos, and video clips to private info accrued through social media sites.

In this electronic panorama, the archival-oriented media theories of Wolfgang Ernst are relatively appropriate. Digital reminiscence and the Archive, the 1st English-language choice of the German media theorist’s paintings, brings jointly essays that current Ernst’s debatable materialist method of media conception and heritage. His insights are primary to the rising box of media archaeology, which uncovers the function of particular applied sciences and mechanisms, instead of content material, in shaping modern tradition and society.

Ernst’s interrelated principles at the archive, desktop time and microtemporality, and the recent regimes of reminiscence supply a brand new standpoint on either present electronic tradition and the infrastructure of media historic wisdom. For Ernst, various different types of media systems—from library catalogs to sound recordings—have stimulated the content material and figuring out of the archive and different associations of reminiscence. while, electronic archiving has turn into a contested web site that's hugely immune to curation, hence complicating the production and renovation of cultural reminiscence and historical past.

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37 This leap from one level to another is what currently is associated with the rupture between the analog and the digital. Postmodern critique of narrative in historical discourse, inspired by Hayden White’s Metahistory,38 has finally resulted in reflections about alternative ways of writing media in time. White has sharpened the analytical attention. Telling is not just about stories but about counting as well (now familiar as the writing mode of digital media), as becomes evident from an anamnestic reconsideration of historiography.

Technical media concern modulation of the world of physics and engineering, and hence our media-archaeological tools need to tap into that regime, too. If we wanted a slightly more soft-core version, it would mean admitting—as digital humanities seem to be doing—that we need to incorporate new scientific tools into our archival and analysis work. Ernst mentions using ultraviolet photography in ancient manuscript research and using sonic techniques for scanning and restoring Edison wax cylinders, for instance.

In a digital culture of apparent, virtual, immaterial realities, a reminder of the insistence and resistance of material worlds is indispensable, and all the more so from a media-theoretical point of view. 18 If we redeploy the analytical tools developed by the so-called “new historicism” in literary studies from textual analysis to material cultural studies, we find not merely archival data on history (the symbolic regime of the archive, the scriptural regime of sources for historians) but also—as opposed 04Let There Be Irony_Layout 1 13/11/2012 10:14 AM Page 44 44 let there be irony to the textuality of (narrative) history—the otherness (even resistance to interpretation) of the material fragment, the relic.

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