MAL Resident Rachel Stuckey, “Fortuna 500: An Inside View (trailer),” (2017).



In 2015, I rebooted the Media Archaeology Lab residency program. The program has since attracted an international cohorot of researchers and artists who have produced publications and creative works from their time in residence.

For example, media artist Rachel Stuckey created a video artwork about a fictitious software called ‘Fortuna 500’ (see trailer above); Artist Sarah Rooney developed a set of open-source crochet instructions for recreating two of the lab’s iconic computers (see below); And researcher Grant Bollmer produced a MALware technical report—the lab’s publication format for short research papers—about the lab’s E-Meter (read it here).

I was Curator of the Media Archaeology Lab (MAL) from 2015-2021. The MAL provides a space for cross-disciplinary experimental research through hands-on access to the defining moments in the history of computing. Founded in 2009 and guided by the motto “the past must be lived so that the present can be seen,” the MAL's collection of still-functioning but obsolete hardware, software, and platforms defamiliarizes and makes visible for critique interfaces, systems, and infrastructures which are otherwise obscured.

Researchers & artists during my tenure: 
Amelia Acker
Liat Berdugo
Grant Bollmer
Ingrid Burrington
Chris Carruth
Julia Christensen
Digital Type Journal (Channel Studio & Pat Shiu)
Patrick Ellis
E.R. Emison
Jacob Gaboury
Chelsea Gunn
Brian House
Andrew Lison
Julia Madsen
Kate Parsons
Daniel Pillis
Everest Pipkin
Roby Provost Blanchard
Sarah Rooney
Rachel Stuckey
Asha Tamirisa
Ezra Teboul
Jessica Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge
Stacy Wood

MAL Resident Sarah Rooney, “Soft Computers” (2018).
Download crochet instructions here.