Archive and Interface - Masterclass with Alexander Galloway

PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities at University of Copenhagen

Time: March 12, 2013, 2 – 5 PM

Contemporary information culture is rapidly transforming our notion of the archive. The momentous acceleration of information being archived, together with now modes of storage, retrieval and distribution, changes the ways we deal with archival matter, our ideas of what archival matter is in the first place, and eventually the inherited cultural fantasmagoria of the archive as a topos of memory, of witnessing and of cultural accountability.

Taking as a point of departure Alexander Galloway’s new book on the interface as a concept and as a field of practice, this master class will address the fate of archives, archiving and thinking about archives in contemporary culture.

Participants are invited to present a 15 mn paper on a topic related to the theme of the master class.

ECTS credits: 1,7 (with paper), 0,2 (without paper).

For further information, please contact Frederik Tygstrup (

Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programmer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. He is a founding member of the software collective RSG and creator of the Carnivore and Kriegspiel projects. Currently associate professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, he is author or co-author of five books on digital media and critical theory, The Interface Effect (Polity, 2012), Les Nouveaux Réalistes: Philosophie et postfordisme [The New Realists: Philosophy and Postfordism] (Léo Scheer, 2012), The Exploit: A Theory of Networks written with Eugene Thacker (Minnesota, 2007), Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (Minnesota, 2006), and Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization (MIT, 2004). In 2010 he co-translated (with Jason E. Smith) Introduction to Civil War by the French group Tiqqun (Semiotext[e]). Recently, the Public School New York published French Theory Today: An Introduction to Possible Futures, a set of five pamphlets documenting Galloway's seminar conducted there in the fall of 2010.