All posts by Darren Wershler

Darren Wershler is the Concordia University Research Chair in Media & Contemporary Literature, and, with Charles Acland, the co-founder of the Media History Research Centre at the Milieux Institute.

Emulation at the Residual Media Depot

An emulator is hardware or software that enables one computer system to behave like another. At the Depot, we're interested in emulation for a variety of reasons.

/ September 2, 2018

The Platformization of Nostalgia

This is how business is done in the age of the Stack. On a global scale, Nintendo is concentrating decades of public interactions with its games and game systems into the narrowest possible channel, in order to shut down cultural practices that they don't like, and to extract maximum profit.

/ August 31, 2018

The Video Game Archaeologist

Darren Wershler dusts off old consoles that say a lot about our culture

/ June 8, 2017

Syllabus: Media Archaeology 2017

Materiality, Cultural Technique, Space, Infrastructure

/ May 21, 2017

Boxes and the Work of Articulation

On the limits of "hard" media archaeology

/ November 5, 2016

Syllabus: Media Archaeology 2016

Collections, Platforms, Infrastructure, Signal Processing

/ July 22, 2016
Bally Arcade box, detail

Expiration Date

This is not a sustainable practice, and that's okay.

/ July 21, 2016
Magnavox Odyssey 100, detail

What’s In A Name?

This is not a media archaeology lab. This is not an archive. This is a research collection.

/ July 21, 2016