Diana Taylor, Save As… Knowledge and Transmission in the Age of Digital Technologies

ForeseeableFutures #10

Position Papers from Imagining America

Diana Taylor’s address provides a rich entry point into these complex questions about digital media and its implications for scholarly practice. Drawing on her experience with the Hemispheric Institute, a multinational collaboration of artists and scholars grounded in an online archive of performance work across the Americas, Taylor insists that we need to imagine communities that are not only local or national, and publics that are not exclusive to the present. Attending to the ways in which digital innovations inflect earlier technologies for creating and transmitting knowledge, she invites us to reconsider our practices of public scholarship as they move through the epistemes of embodied performance, archival preservation, and digital circulation.