Talk: Smithsonian Material Culture Forum

On February 18 at 4pm, I’ll be giving a talk titled, “The Status of Objects in the Digital Age” for the Smithsonian’s Material Culture Forum. I’ll be comparing objects like Aboriginal message sticks to our contemporary mobile devices. The event will take place at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Here’s a blurb about the event:

The theme “Material Culture 101” situates digital technology within various definitions of material culture. Forum Speakers included Jason Farman, Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies, University of Maryland; Gwynne Ryan, Chief Conservator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Jonathan Coddington, Director of the Global Genome Initiative, National Museum of Natural History; and Masum Momaya, Curator, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. The program included a tour of Suspended Animation, a Hirshhorn Museum exhibition that brings together six artists who use digitally generated images as a tool to question conceptions of reality. TBMA Working Group member Gwynne Ryan discussed Time-Based Media Art Conservation at the Hirshhorn Museum.