MALfunction #6: Materiality

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Tuesday, Apr 11
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Museum of Natural History

Event Details


MALfunction: A series of intimate events that question where media and society, research and practice meet. Each MALfunction features one researcher and one artist whose projects examine a similar technological theme.

Curated by Maya Livio

Researcher:  Ben Fino-Radin // Variation and Change: A History of Time-Based Media Conservation
Artist: Melanie Clemmons // Visit Internet

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Ben Fino-Radin
The 20th century witnessed an unprecedented explosion of new materials for artistic experimentation – broadcast television, analog video, personal computers, the world wide web, virtual reality – despite this it was not until the 21st century that a conservation specialty dedicated to these materials emerged.
2017 sees media conservators in leadership roles, philanthropic support for training initiatives increasing, and an ever growing presence of time-based media art in the commercial market. Fino-Radin will provide an inside look at the evolution and emergence of this brave new world of time-based media art conservation.
Ben Fino-Radin is the Founder of Small Data Industries, a studio providing services to collectors, galleries, artists, and institutions for the collection, exhibition, preservation, and storage of time-based media art. Fino-Radin served previously in leading programs of time-based media conservation at the Museum of Modern Art, and Rhizome, and holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, and Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts from Pratt Institute.


Melanie Clemmons 
In working with the internet, one leaves ‘IRL’ (in real life) space and arrives in cyberspace. The rules and nature of reality, and sometimes identity, behave differently there, and therefore so do experiences. Are the things one does and sees online as legitimate as the things they do and see IRL? If one has walked down an Icelandic street in Google Street View, have they been to Iceland?

With our culture’s integration of modern technologies, the zeitgeist has changed to blend the boundaries of virtual and physical. These changes will only become more intermingled with our continued acceptance and use of digital tools in everyday life. In this hybrid talk/presentation, Clemmons will consider these themes while inviting the audience to participate in virtual travel.
Melanie Clemmons is a new media artist, educator, and community organizer. Her work follows her various curiosities, which are influenced by internet culture, while questioning the intricacies of human-computer interaction and its relationship to technological determinism and the nature of spatiality. Her work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Echo Park Film Center, Transfer Gallery, Denver Digerati, the Museum of Human Achievement, and many DIY spaces/venues. She currently teaches Digital Art at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she also coordinates the Interactive Art, Writing, and Performance program’s Visiting Artist Series. Additionally, Melanie facilitates the Studio Project, a teen intern program at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

Presented by the Media Archaeology Lab and hosted at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. The event is free and open to the public.