Chris Witmore in the lab

Today I picked Christopher Witmore up at the airport. It is great to have him visit Umeå and HUMlab. I have met him twice before – once at Stanford and once at Brown – and I really appreciate his energetic presence and high-quality work. The only checked-in piece he had with him was a snowboard.

He will do a talk at the archeology department tomorrow, and a seminar in HUMlab on Tuesday. The title of the HUMlab seminar is “Located media and the question of manifestation in archaeology”. Time: 1.15 pm CET, April 3.

Located media are modes of engagement tailor made for a specific
place. Located media play upon mixed sensory realities in the
evocation of particular presence effects, understandings or
associations. Located media are deployed via mobile interfaces: miniDV
cameras, video iPods, broadband cell phone, etc.

From heritage sites in Greece to excavations in Providence, RI; from a
granite circle by Richard Long to a site-specific sculpture by Patrick
Dougherty; this presentation shares a series of experiments with
located media over the past five years. It argues that located media
challenge how we manifest the past (as place-events) and, in so doing,
it reconfigures the types of pasts we transport with us into the
future.

The seminar will be live streamed (link will be added here later), and there will be a chat room.

Chris’ visit here is also part of ongoing collaboration between HUMlab, Stanford and Brown. I am also looking forward to be discussing the planned HUMlab Wiki with Chris. He has considerable experience of making nice-looking and media-rich wikis, and I have been thinking of having a HUMlab wiki as part of the HUMlab media ecology: an open, lab-based wiki (not necessarily project based).

Chris will be here Monday and Tuesday, and he will be around in the lab at least part of that time. Feel free to approach him in the lab, or add a comment to this blog entry.