THE NEW DIGITAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS is a project by speculative designers Marcel Helmer and Henrik Nieratschker investigating the future heritage of the increasing amount of digital layer we face in daily life.
We are navigating this complexity of information with physical devices, like smartphones, laptops or even ATMs, that are constantly changing and developing, which raises the question if these technologies can live long enough to create remains to be accessible in the future. While today’s digital life may leave shells of electronic machines and gadgets, the most valuable information, the data itself, is invisible without the use of an interpreting machine.
The project presents objects and documents of The New Digital Archaeologists, a semi-fictional group of individuals, dedicated to the idea to preserve and develop digital culture and knowledge for future civilisations. The audience is invited to explore new/alternative approaches to handle our own digital remains and experience the work of a future Digital Archaeologist, while speculating on ever growing digital information layers and how they will or should remain in the future.
The New Digital Archaeologists was developed for Brighton Digital Festival 2014 as part of their Arts and Tech Commissions Program. The full project was exhibited as part of the festival from 02/09 - 09/09/2014 at Brighton Media Centre.