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The Institute For Digital Life And Ephemera (IDLE)

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posted on 20.05.2019, 10:36 by Holger Schnadelbach, Liz Evans, Hyosun Kwon
IDLE was created in 2016 to address the increasing ephemerality of digital culture. Digital technologies allow us to create and share content across the globe more easily than ever before, but that culture is at risk of being lost for future generations. As websites are taken down or revised, earlier versions are lost. Social media offers a record of daily life in the 21st Century but also vanishes into the digital ether. Devices quickly become obsolete and so how they were experienced and used also gets lost. The revolutions in storytelling facilitated by digital platforms have created fascinating, but intangible, experiences. IDLE is committed to developing an archive of digital culture that fully represents life in the 21st century. We used this backdrop story to explore what it would mean to loose such an all-encompassing archive or in effect all of our digital archives, as we certainly cannot guarantee the long-term availability and quality of digital data. We project that in 2020, a solar flare will have wiped the planet’s digital records and that this will have disproportionally affected the human history of the last few decades. In this context, we developed and sent out the ‚Storytelling Box’ with the aim to begin to recreate an archive, but also to engage storytellers and audiences with what it means to develop engaging story content. We document the storytelling box, document the ways that we engaged storytellers with the process and critically reflect on the outcomes.

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Konferenzband EVA Berlin 2018. Elektronische Medien & Kunst, Kultur und Historie

Volume

25

Citation

SCHNADELBACH, H., EVANS, L. and KWON, H., 2018. The Institute For Digital Life And Ephemera (IDLE). IN: Bienert, A. ... et al., (eds.) Konferenzband EVA Berlin 2018: Elektronische Medien & Kunst, Kultur und Historie: 25. Berliner Veranstaltung der internationalen EVA-Serie Electronic Media and Visual Arts. Heidelberg: arthistoricum.net, pp. 281-286.

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© 2018 National Museums in Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage, German Center for Air and Water Space e.V. and authors

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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05/10/2018

Publication date

2018

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by arthistoricum.net under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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Elektronische Medien & Kunst, Kultur und Historie, Berlin;25

Language

en

Location

Berlin

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