Finders and Keepers: Archives in the Digital Age

 Finders and Keepers: Archives in the Digital Age
Date/Time: Sunday, Feb 16 | 3–4:30pm   Get Tickets
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About the Program

What is the archive of the future? New digital tools make it possible to amass and save information in previously unimaginable quantities. Scholars have easier access to research and artists can incorporate archives into creative work. How does this change the way individuals and communities remember themselves? Panel of creative thinkers includes artist Jason Lazarus; Brett Lockspeiser of Sefaria; Laura Welcher from the Rosetta Project and Long Now Foundation; and Marjorie Breyer from the GLBT archives. Panel moderated by Daniel Schifrin.  Co-presented with Keshet.

Marjorie Bryer is Managing Archivist at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco. She has worked with the Historical Society since 1999—as a curator, archivist, and board member. Bryer has an MA in Library and Information Science and a PhD in US History. She has worked at The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and the National Archives at San Francisco. Her academic work as a historian and her practical work as an archivist reflect her political commitment to preserving the histories of people that have been marginalized by society.

Jason Lazarus is a Chicago based artist, curator, writer, and educator who received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2003.  His work has been exhibited internationally and is in major collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bank of America LaSalle Photography Collection, and the Milwaukee Museum of Art, among others. Jason is a co-founder and co-editor of Chicago Artist Writers, an online art criticism platform. Throughout 2013 and 2014 he will be screening internationally a feature length film comprised entirely of animated GIFS called twohundredfiftysixcolors. His solo exhibition at The CJM runs through March 23, 2014.

Brett Lockspeiser is the co-founder and CTO of the Sefaria Project, a non-profit organization that is bringing the entire Jewish textual tradition into a new digital form which is free, open source, beautifully designed, interactive, and interconnected. Brett began his work in technology as a Product Manager at Google where he led the team that created the Google News Archives. Since then Brett has worked with startups and non-profits in the Bay Area, creating web applications such as KAPSUL, a platform for curatorial collaboration. Brett founded the Sefaria Project with Joshua Foer after realizing how few of the basic possibilities for Torah and technology had yet been realized.

Daniel Schifrin was Director of Public Programs at The CJM from 2008 until 2011, and Writer-in-Residence from 2008 until 2013. His work with The Museum focused on the link between art and community engagement, and the dialogue between traditional and contemporary ideas about ritual, language, and memory. In 2007 he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, and his articles and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, and other publications.

Laura Welcher is Director of Operations for the Long Now Foundation and The Rosetta Project.  Welcher received a PhD in Linguistics from the UC Berkeley. Since then she has worked on various projects to develop standards for the creation and archiving of digital language resources.


Images by Annie Frantzeskos, Kathy Jaller


Public Programs and New Media Initiatives at The Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible with lead support from The Jim Joseph Foundation. Major support has been provided by the Leavitt Family and supporting sponsorship comes from The Toole Family Charitable Foundation, David B. Gold Foundation, In Memory of Benjamin Alpert.





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