Preserving the Interactive Telecommunications Program
Here is Epler and Watson’s presentation, in Googledocs format (to access, click on link, then click on “start presentation” at the top right of the start page, and follow directions, including how to access notes for each slide by clicking on the “settings wheel.”
Here’s Matthew Epler’s introduction to his and Watson’s presentation:
The Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University is a graduate program that fuses art and design practices with cutting-edge technology.
For over 30 years, it has been a place “for the recently possible,” producing a massive body of work that spans disciplines such as industrial design, web, fine art, and computer programming. The work of its students represents a unique record of the relationship between culture and technology and requires a different approach to archiving than most fine art collections.
In its second year, the ITP Archive has been given the task of archiving every thesis project ever produced at ITP. This is the first archiving work every done at ITP. This talk discusses some of the challenges and approaches being addressed by the team of students who lead the project.
Matthew Epler is an artist and creative coder at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he lived abroad for many years teaching film history and theory. Now, he says, “he makes machines, visualizes data, and generally pokes around in stuff related to computers.” Kate Watson is a curator, designer, and “digital content strategist.” She holds an MPS from NYU’s ITP program and a BA in art and art history from Sarah Lawrence College.