Retro Engineering and Alternative Histories: Possible Road Toward Media Archaeological Reconstruction

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Leonardo April 2017, Vol. 50, No. 2, Pages: 192-193

Posted Online April 6, 2017.


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Morgane Stricot

PAMAL (Preservation & Art—Media Archaeology Lab), Higher School of Art, Avignon, France. Email:


This article gives insight into research on media archaeological reconstruction of media and digital artworks. This experimental approach, illustrated by two practical cases, results in a duplication of the artworks within their original machines and languages. Based on retro-engineering, this approach is becoming a way to investigate the known, unknown and alternative stories by and for the machines, the goal being to produce archives, witnesses of the machines’ related history and inherent imaginary.