By Arc±aeology, this project is a Media Archaeology themed creative process. In which the form of this project is inspired by the element of “examining”(考) & “learning”(學) part. The plus-minus sign(±) is a mathematical symbol with multiple meanings, echoed with the intended form and nature of the process.
The current month is an exam season, the process is intended to create a space for studying. The studying process includes making sketches ,notes, tutorial videos, exercises and mock questions towards “media archaeology”. The method is a blend of high and low technologies . Experimentation in art forms and codes will also be conducted on site during the project period.
Media Archaeology can be identified as a process to first locate a topoi, then trace the trajectories and transformations. (Huhtamo & Parikka,2011) In a certain point of view, it can be understood as a process of deep studying on things related to media. In its discourse, there are different methodologies. Examples could begin with reading “Understanding Media “ by Marshall McLuhan , ranging to any Youtuber making a video reviewing history on the next best game sequel. Museums,scholars and artists had applied it to the “media” that they are interested in. But those are their journeys. How about a personal one？
In a story described by Plato in Meno, Socrates showed that knowledge can be recollected by us. This is very applicable to the study of old and new media.What if we approach Media Archaeology with this theory of recollection?
I remember the joy of such recollection through Media Archaeology. One experience is understanding how programming and interface design is related to childhood toys such as Digimon and Game Boys. Also, the same media and knowledge also created frustration in my mind.When I encountered recent Net Art culture such as the Vaporwave visuals, I realised the current media is so fast that many of the roots and original sources could get lost easily, even forgotten. Through Media Archaeology, it is important to revisit the surface and look at the inner level of related ideas & forms of the Topoi. In the process, I wish to plot out these trajectories and transformation.These may include new media art topics ranges from Philosophies, Technologies, Machines, Generative Art, Gaming, Coding, Computing, Device art, Memes, NFT, etc.
These explorations are expected to be never completed, revealing ruins and traces. Just as an explorer in the site of an ancient civilisation, any sights recording or sketching can lead to the next curious adventurer to begin their own journey.