This free talk accompanied the exhibition Digital Dark Ages. 

In 2015, Google’s Vint Cerf spoke publicly about his fear of a digital ‘dark age’ calling for a 21st century digital vellum to protect against losing the knowledge we have learnt today in the future. It is hard to imagine if and what digital culture might be lost to the annals of time, what to hold onto and safeguard, or even where digital objects begin and end. From narratives of colonial extraction and extinction to processes of planetary computation and observation, a line-up of Digital Dark Ages artists, as well as media curators and theorists, talked about the expanded and entangled situated complexity for digital preservation, today.

From Electronic Superhighway to Digital Dark Ages was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices as part of the New Networked Normal and presented at AND Festival 2017.