This talk looks into the politics of archiving and the fact that digital pictures, videos, music, and research data disappear by the second. It presents the (potentially) best available solution to store data without (most likely) turning paranoid or going broke.
Johannes Goebel has the founding director of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute since 2002. He guided architects, acousticians, and engineers in the specification, design and construction of the 220,000 sq ft center and has been responsible for the artistic productions, residencies, research and presentations together with the curatorial, technical and production teams. Between 1990 and 2002, he was the founding director of the Institute for Music and Acoustics at the Center for Art and Media, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany, with the same range of responsibilities from building and technology specifications to the artistic and research program. He started in the field of computer music in 1977 at CCRMA, Stanford University. Goebel has been involved with archiving digital works since the mid-1980s, among others he moved IDEAMA, the International Digital Electro-Acoustic Music Archive, from inception to completion.