2016Transmedia, Spatial, Print, Identity
Mentor:Brad BartlettSpecial Thanks:Jon Nishida & Mackenzie PringleRelated Project:The Internet Archive
What happens to data when it dies? What becomes of digital spaces when they’re abandoned? What’s done with your digital remains when you die? Who decides? As content and culture move further into ephemeral and impermanent formats, history and collective memory become susceptible to erasure and inaccessibility.
Dead Links is a hypothetical conference taking place at the Internet Archive, one of the institutions at the forefront of preserving digital culture. The identity draws from a metaphor of digital archaeology, where evidence of the past lies underneath layers of data.
Related project: The Internet Archive
Times New Roman was used for the conference's typography as a reference to 404 error pages and raw unstyled websites, often set with default system fonts.
As participants approach the title installation, images of Geocities are pulled up from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. Geocities was one of the earliest spaces where people could create and post their own content. The Internet Archive preserved Geocities before it was shut down in 2009.