The following readings are recommended readings for this unit. They form background material that will be discussed in class and can serve as the basis for your writing and research for final assignments.



Aborigines and representation

My Uncle’s Story revised

Database Aesthetics Art in the Age of Information Overflow 131 to 141

Database Aesthetics Art in the Age of Information Overflow Introduction

Archival Sources for Cultural Memory

Mediated Memories


Film as Cultural Memory HC

Mediation and memory MCM Rossiter

Aborigines and representation

HC Annotated Bibliography

Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History

Kate Lawless,  (2013) “Unrecyclable Times: The Traumatic Topographies of Global Capitalism in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz,” The Word Hoard: Vol. 1: Iss. 2, Article 9. Available at:

Mike Featherstone, “Archiving,” British Journal of Sociology Vol. No. 51 Issue No. 1 (January/March 2000) pp. 161–184 ; “Archive,” Theory, Culture & Society 23:2-3 (2006): 591-596.

Jacques Derrida, “Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression.” Diacritics vol. 25, No. 2 (Summer, 1995), pp. 9-63.

William Uricchio, The Algorithmic Turn,

Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world | Talk Video |

Friedrich Kittler. The History of Communication Media. CTheory 1996

CTheory: “Archeologies of Media Art: Jussi Parikka in conversation with Garnet Hertz”

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, “The Enduring Ephemeral, or the Future is a MemoryCritical Inquiry 35 (Autumn 2008): 148-171.

Flueckiger, Barbara. “Material properties of historical film in the digital age,” #2 Autumn 2012 ‘Tangibility’ NECSUS_European Journal of Media Studies

Hal Foster, “An Archival ImpulseOctober 110 (Fall 2004): 3-22.

Lev Manovich at TEDxReset – YouTube

Vesna, on Overflow, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007, ix-xx.

David Clark’s A is Apple; 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein


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