Operating Archives

An Interactive Archive of Historical Medical Technologies
Mark Olson
Fall 2013 - present

The Operating Archives project emerges out of a concern with the preservation of the “performativity” of objects in the digital archive. While digital archives afford access to historical texts, images, and objects to be read and viewed, often in a reconstituted contextual milieu, what about objects that were intended to beoperated? Taking the creation of a multimedia / multmodal archive of historical medical technologies as both case study and laboratory, this project explores different interfaces for interacting with digital objects that attempt to reconstruct contexts of use. Leveraging both interactive gaming platforms and physical computing interfaces, the project explores embodied modes of interacting with digital objects.


Catherine Farmer

Yuchen “Leona” Lu

Jason Qiu


Past Collaborators:

Stephanie Fiddy

Alex Gordon