CAFe Speaker Series: Preservation for Possibility: Archives’ Collaborations in Future Imaginations

Event Start Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 4:00 pm

Event End Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 5:00 pm

Location: Virtual

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Speaker: Sherri Wasserman, Ph.D. Candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, Arizona State University

Sherri Wasserman

Bio:  Sherri Wasserman constructs experiences at the intersections of physical, multimedia, and informational landscapes. She makes things for print, digital, and architectural/environmental spaces, creating content-rich exhibitions, installations, books, websites, and mobile apps for wide-ranging audiences. Her clients have included the National 9/11 Memorial Museum, the MIT Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, the Gapminder Foundation, Biosphere 2, Todo Mundo/David Byrne, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the Smithsonian. She was a member of the inaugural Experimental Research Lab team at Autodesk’s Pier 9, an artist-in-residence at the Prelinger Library, and a Santa Fe Art Institute resident artist; she maintained a long-term affiliation with the metaLAB at Harvard and is an Imaginary College Fellow with the Center for Science and Imagination at Arizona State University. Wasserman received a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts and history from Oberlin College and a master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate within ASU’s Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program.

Talk Abstract: Practicing the future means deliberately navigating uncertainty in the present as well as imagining possible, not just probable, futures. Archives  – as data, interfaces, and institutions – may revise and expand our mental maps of how we might tackle obstacles and what our futures could hold. This talk will build upon research about Georgia O’Keeffe’s construction of a nuclear fallout shelter, ACT UP’s involvement with drug trials, and the COVID Tracking Project’s pandemic response to ask how archives support multidisciplinary interrogations that entangle systems perspectives with human stories to create complex, collective notions of survivability. Informed by experience as an archives practitioner, collaborator, user, and fan, this talk will propose roles archives may play in envisioning and developing our pathways forward.

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