Mitchell Whitelaw, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Design at University of Canberra
Thursday 5 February 2015 – Plenary session, 9:30am – 10:25am
Proudly sponsored by University of Canberra
Mitchell Whitelaw is an academic, writer and practitioner with interests in new media art and culture, especially generative systems, data-aesthetics, and digital cultural collections. His work has appeared in journals including Leonardo, Digital Creativity, Fibreculture, and Senses and Society. His current work spans materiality, data and culture, with a practical focus on creating "generous interfaces" for digital heritage. He has worked with institutions including the State Library of NSW, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Australia, developing innovative interfaces to their digital collections. Mitchell is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, where he leads the Digital Treasures program in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. He blogs sporadically at The Teeming Void.
Digital collections are spaces: not literally, and not even in the sense of William Gibson’s “cyberspace” - a fantastic landscape. Instead digital collections are spaces of potential, realms of possible meaning, interpretation, reuse, and value. These spaces contain areas that are familiar, but much more, I suspect, that is unknown. In this talk I will present projects that attempt to explore collection space, and sample the scope of these possibilities, as well as considering the space between collections. I will also speculate on the complementary roles that human interpretation and computational analysis can play.