Media theorist Abigail De Kosnik to present talk on “The Media Crease”

Considering use and reuse patterns, from creased book pages to digital glitches and erasures

Troy, NY — On Wednesday, September 13, media theorist Abigail De Kosnik will present a talk at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Titled The Media Crease: Traces of Reuse in Hard and Soft Copies, the talk will present De Kosnik’s analysis of how different types of media show their wear. The event begins at 7PM and is free and open to the public.

From the creased pages of a book, to the deepening grooves in a vinyl record, to digital glitches and erasures, De Kosnik will discuss ways in which the “media crease” presents itself in both durable and digital media. Through everyday acts like reblogging, retweeting, and playback, she will examine otherwise unseen traces and patterns of use within the digital landscape that have perhaps more observable antecedents in physical media.


Abigail De Kosnik is associate professor at the University of California Berkeley, teaching at the Berkeley Center for New Media and in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. She is the author of Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom (MIT Press, 2016) and has published articles on media fandom, popular digital culture, and performance studies in Cinema JournalThe International Journal of CommunicationModern DramaTransformative Works and CulturesVerge: Studies in Global AsiasPerformance Research, and elsewhere.

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The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.

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