Media Archaeology

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Media do not simply have a history; they are also embodiments of historical change. Media archaeology examines the ways in which media formats and technologies have both contributed to and in turn been influenced by broader societal shifts. This practice can take many forms. 

Whether by analyzing the low-level operation of technical media such as photography, television, magnetic tape, or integrated circuits; creating new artworks out of supposedly obsolete technologies; uncovering the workings of old software; fabricating alternate histories of mediatic development; or documenting the rise, decline, and even resurgence of analog media formats ostensibly supplanted by digitization, it places the specificity of individual media forms in dialogue with cultural and political developments. We pursue these lines of inquiry across analog and digital media, theory and practice, and a variety of critical approaches ranging from affect theory to psychoanalysis, queer theory, critical race theory, and Marxism.

Faculty

Andrew Lison

245A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0946

alison@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Areas: New Media; Film and Media Theory; Critical Theory

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245A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0946

alison@buffalo.edu

Margaret Rhee

Phone: (716) 645-0923

mrhee@buffalo.edu

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: (716) 645-0923

mrhee@buffalo.edu

Paige Sarlin

Phone: (716) 645-0927

paigesar@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Areas: Documentary Theory and Practice; Media and Activism; Intersectional Politics and Aesthetics; History of the Interview; Labor

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