Finders and Keepers: Archives in the Digital Age

Event has passed (Sun Feb 16, 2014 - Sun Feb 16, 2014)
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Arts, Museums, Cultural Museum


What is the archive of the future? New digital tools make it possible to amass and save information in previously unimaginable quantities. Scholars have easier access to research, and artists can incorporate archives into creative work. How does this change the way individuals and communities remember themselves? A panel of creative thinkers will discuss these questions and more including artist Jason Lazarus; Brett Lockspeiser of Sefaria; Laura Welcher from the Rosetta Project and Long Now Foundation; and Marjorie Breyer from the GLBT archives. Panel moderated by Daniel Schifrin.

Marjorie Bryer is Managing Archivist at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco. She has worked with the Historical Society since 1999—as a curator, archivist, and board member. Bryer has an MA in Library and Information Science and a PhD in US History. She has worked at The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and the National Archives at San Francisco.

Jason Lazarus is a Chicago based artist, curator, writer, and educator who received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College, Chicago in 2003. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in major collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bank of America LaSalle Photography Collection, and the Milwaukee Museum of Art, among others.

Brett Lockspeiser is the co-founder and CTO of the Sefaria Project, a non-profit organization that is bringing the entire Jewish textual tradition into a new digital form, which is free, open source, beautifully designed, interactive, and interconnected. Brett began his work in technology as a Product Manager at Google where he led the team that created the Google News Archives.

Laura Welcher is Director of Operations for the Long Now Foundation and The Rosetta Project. Welcher received a PhD in Linguistics from UC Berkeley. Since then she has worked on various projects to develop standards for the creation and archiving of digital language resources.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Jason Lazarus: Live Archive.

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