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The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies is supported by Nordforsk 2004-2007. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies aims to support and coordinate small and dispersed national centres of research, help promote the exchange of knowledge about differences and similarities among the avant-garde currents and research in the Nordic countries, and make Nordic avant-garde research visible in a European and international context. The Nordic Network of Avant-Garde Studies has a yearly conference. Within the Network an editorial group is preparing a four-volume Cultural History of the Nordic Avant-Gardes and an electronic archive of documents from the Nordic avant-gardes. The Nordic network is an extension of the Danish research network ”The Return and Actuality of the Avant-Gardes” supported by the Danish Research Council 2001-2004. A European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, EAM, is under preparation and will have its first conference in Ghent in May 2008.
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The Archive in Motion

New Conceptions of the Archive in Contemporary Thought and New Media Practices

International Conference at Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo, March 13th 2009


This conference investigates the current proliferation of the concept of the archive. The concept has expanded to areas beyond the classical archive, to art, philosophy, and new text and media practices. Simultaneously, these new practices both resist and transform the archival, perhaps creating what one may call a new anarchival condition. 


09:15 Coffee and registration

09:30 Vigdis Moe Skarstein (National Librarian): Introduction


09:45- 10:30 Dr. Eivind Røssaak (Nasjonalbiblioteket): The Archive in Motion

10:30- 12.00 Session 1: New Conceptions

Prof. Knut Ove Eliassen (Litteraturvitenskap, NTNU): Foucault’s Archives

Prof. Wolfgang Ernst (Medienwissenschaft, Humboldt Universität): Cultural Archive versus Technomathematical Storage



12:00- 13:00 Lunch


13:00- 14:30 Session 2: New Archival Practices

Susanne Østby Sæther (Curator, Preus Museum): The Archive in Art

Prof. Terje Rasmussen (Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon, Universitetet i Oslo): Archival Practices in New Media



14:30-14:45 Break


14:45-16:15 Session 3: The Challenges of New Media

Dr. Kjetil Jakobsen (Infomedia, Universitetet i Bergen): Analog and Digital Memory

Prof. Alexander Galloway (Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University): From Archive to Network


16:15 Kristin Bakken (Director of the Department of Scholarship and Collections, Nasjonalbiblioteket): Concluding Remarks 


Organizer: Department of Scholarship and Collections, The National Library of Norway.

For registration (, or see below.


The speakers


Knut Ove Eliassen, Professor, Comparative Literature, NTNU. He is the author of several articles and books, among others Ledeord (co-author Knut Stene-Johansen 2007), Fabrikken (ed. with Håkon W. Andersen et al. 2004) and Livssansen. En studie i Baltasar Graciáns forfatterskap med særlig henblikk på 'Smaken', and the translator of books by Jean Baudrillard and Michel Foucaults Les Mots et les choses (Tingenes orden, 1996).


Wolfgang Ernst, Professor, Medienwissenschaft, Humboldt Universität, Berlin. He is part of Friedrich Kittler’s Berlin-school in media archaeology, co-curator of the library-exhibition Der Giftschrank (on erotic and illegal books) at the Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek and the author of several articles and books, among others Das Rumoren der Archive: Ordnung aus Unordnung, (2002, in Swedish as Sorlet från arkiven, 2008), M.edium F.oucault. Weimarer Vorlesungen über Archive, Archäologie, Monumente und Medien, (2000) and Im Namen von Geschichte: Sammeln - Speichern – Er/Zählen. Infrastrukturelle Konfigurationen des deutschen Gedächtnisses (2003).


Alexander Galloway, Associate Professor, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University. He is founding member of RSG (The Radical Software Group) and the author of several articles and the influential books Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization (2004), Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (2006) and The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (co-author, Eugene Thacker, 2007). His last computer game, Kriegspiel (2008), reworks Guy Debord’s Game of War. 


Kjetil Jakobsen, Senior rearcher, Infomedia, Universitetet i Bergen. He is currently visiting scholar at the Freie Universität, Berlin. His doctoral thesis compared N. Luhmann’s theory of the arts and the media with that of P. Bourdieu. He has published several essays and articles on problems of the history and theory of visual cultural, currently editing a reader in the history of cosmopolitanism, from Cicero to Agamben: Verdensborgerskapets idehistorie: Bind 1 (forthcomming 2009).


Terje Rasmussen, Professor,  Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon, University of Oslo. He is the author of several articles and books, among others Moderne maskiner. Teknologi og samfunnsteori (1995),  Social Theory and Communication Technology (2000), Kampen om Internett (2007), Digitale medier. En innføring. and co-edited Digital Media Revisited: Theoretical and Conceptual Innovation in Digital Domains (2003) and Personlige Medier. Livet mellom skjermene (2007).


Eivind Røssaak, Research librarian, Film, Philosophy and Media, National Library, Oslo. The author of several articles and books, among others Det postmoderne og de intellektuelle (1998), Sic: Fra litteraturens randsoner (2001), Kyssing og slåssing: fire kapitler om film (co-author Chr. Refsum, 2004), Selviakttakelse: En tendens i kunst og litteratur (2005), Negotiation Immobility: The Moving Image and the Arts (2008), ed. Visual Culture: Between Still and Moving Images (forthcoming 2010) and the paper "The Performative Archive" at The Chinese University, Hong Kong (2008).


Susanne Østby Sæther, Researcher and curator based in Oslo. She has co-curated the exhibitions Comme au cinema: The Cinematic as Method and Metaphor (2008) at Fotogalleriet and Ghost in the Machine at Kunstnernes Hus (2008) and has published several articles, among others “Arkivets estetikk” in 80 millioner bilder (ed. Ekeberg/ Lund, 2008) and "Between the Hyperrepresentational and the Hyperreal. A sampling sensibility?" in Sutton, Brind and McKenzie (eds),The State of the Real. Aesthetics in the Digital Age (2007). Her phd-dissertation The Aesthetics of Sampling: Engaging the media in recent video art (2009) discusses the repurposing of different media and archival material in contemporary cinema and art.


Practical information:
The conference will take place at the National Library, Henrik Ibsens gate 110, Oslo, Norway.
Conference fee: NOK 150 (includes lunch).
Registration and questions:   by 12 Feb 2009.
Please remember to give your name and billing address. You will be invoiced.
Recommended hotel: Scandic KNA hotel, Parkveien 68, NO-0202 Oslo, Norway. Booking phone: +47 23155700 / +47 23155780
or by email to 
Reference no: NAS 120309