New media art archive launches

FOR RELEASE: 02/06/2008

Contact: Timothy Murray
Phone: 607-255-4012

New Media Art and Archival Ambitions

Workshop Launches Rose Goldsen Archive


Cornell University Library and the Rose Goldsen Lecture Series, College of Arts and Sciences, announce a workshop on “New Media Art and Archival Ambitions” to celebrate the public launch and Web site of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art. The full-day workshop will be held, Friday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., in the Carl A. Kroch Library, 2B48 Lecture Room. A public reception will follow.

Under the sponsorship of the Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC), the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art serves as a research repository of new media art and resources. The curatorial vision emphasizes digital interfaces and artistic experimentation by international, independent artists. Designed as an experimental center of research and creativity, the Goldsen Archive includes materials by individual artists and collaborates on conceptual experimentation and archival strategies with international curatorial and fellowship projects.

Named after the pioneering critic of the commercialization of mass media, the late professor Rose Goldsen of Cornell University, the Archive was founded by Timothy Murray, professor of comparative literature and English in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Society for the Humanities, to house and preserve international artwork produced on CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, video, digital interfaces and the Internet. Its collection of supporting materials includes unpublished manuscripts and designs, catalogues, monographs and resource guides to new media art.

Emphasizing multimedia artworks that reflect digital extensions of 20th-century developments in cinema, video, installation, photography and sound, the Archive’s holdings include extensive special collections in American and Chinese new media arts and significant online and offline holdings of art made for the Internet. A novel research archive of international significance, the collection complements the holdings in RMC of illuminated manuscripts and the early modern printed book and adds to the breadth of its important collections in human sexuality, Asian Studies, and media, film, and music. Murray said that “the workshop will celebrate the Goldsen Archive’s important stature as an international leader in the collection and documentation of electronic and digital art.”

The workshop will feature artists John Conomos of the University of Sydney, Australia, Annette Barbier of Columbia College, Chicago, Ill., and Kevin McCoy of New York University. They will be joined by H. Thomas Hickerson, vice-provost and university librarian, University of Calgary, Sherry Miller Hocking, assistant director, Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY, and Lucila

Moctezuma, media arts fellowship director, Renew Media, New York City. Professor Murray, also the Goldsen Archive curator, will present an overview of the Archive’s holdings.

The workshop is free, and participants may attend individual sessions of interest or the entire workshop. Please visit for a complete program agenda.

The Archive has profited from the financial support of The Rose Goldsen Fund, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Cornell University Library Faculty Grants for Digitization.