The Past is Present:: Virtuality, Archaeology, and the Future of History

Conference/Symposium | April 5 | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Center for New Media , Archaeological Research Facility

Presented in partnership with swissnex San Francisco, with support from Arts + Design, LAEP, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the Archaeological Research Facility, CITRIS and Banatao Institute, Research Teaching and Learning (RTL), and Digital Humanities at Berkeley.

The Past is Present is an interdisciplinary event bringing together scholars, students, technology innovators, and cultural heritage workers in conversation about new methods and tools which are shaping their work. Register here

Over the course of three days (April 4-6), the Berkeley Center for New Media will provide a venue for an international group to explore critical issues of new technologies. On April 4th, we will begin the program with an opening reception for a VR exhibition around art, archaeology, and architecture.
An exhibition preview will be held on April 4th, in the Worth Ryder Gallery in Kroeber Hall for 'Deep Dive Or the Limits of Immersion.'
The symposium on April 5th will feature scholarly presentations on topics such as Documenting Archaeology and Architecture; Accessing history through Drawings, Plans, Casts, and Copies; and Academic, Public, and Pedagogical Priorities for the 21st Century. Participants will also grapple with these issues through hands-on demos and workshops alongside professionals in the tech industry on the last day of the event.

April 5 Schedule:
10:00 AM: Welcome
10:30 AM: A Fragile Past: Documenting Archaeology and Architecture
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:30 PM: Previous Pasts: Accessing history through Drawings, Plans, Casts, and Copies
3:00 PM: Coffee Break
3:30 PM: Publishing the Past: Academic, Public, and Pedagogical Priorities for the 21st Century
5:00 PM: Closing
5:30 PM: Reception

Speakers include: Christophe Girot (University of Zurich), Nicolo Dell'Unto (Lund University), Elaine Sullivan (University of California, Santa Cruz), Eugenie Shinkle (University of Westminster), Adam Lowe (Factum Arte), Brendan Cormier (Victoria & Albert Museum), David Gissen (California College of the Arts), Lynn Cunningham (University of California Berkeley), Rachel Optiz (University of South Florida), Maurizio Forte (Duke University), Stuart Eve (University College London), Sonia Katyal (University of California Berkeley), Benjamin Porter (University of California, Berkeley)


  Register online, 510-495-3505