As part of a collaboration between Counterpath and the Media Archaeology Lab (MAL) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, 2013 artist-in-residence at MAL Joel Swanson presented new work at Counterpath, September 16th to the 20th, and gave a talk at the closing reception at Counterpath on September 20, at 8 p.m.
Swanson’s new work explores the computer keyboard as a physical and historical interface that plays an active—and often overlooked—role in mediating the physical and the virtual.
Joel Swanson is an artist, designer and writer who currently serves as the Director of the Technology, Arts & Media Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Literary and linguistic theory informs his work, which ranges from sculpture, to photography to interactive installation. Thematically his work explores the nature of language, its materiality, and its modes of signification within physical and virtual forms.
The Media Archaeology Lab (MAL) is a place for hands-on, cross-disciplinary experimental research and teaching using still-functioning but obsolete tools, software, hardware, platforms from the past. Located at 1320 Grandview Ave., Boulder, Colorado, it provides direct access to defining moments in the history of computing and digital art/literature.