Emulation as a Preservation Resource

Edsac Emulation Daisy Chain 4The Future of the Past



Rinehart Richard Portrait
Re Collection Cover Vga
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Storage fantasy 1

"If it's on a shelf, it's in trouble"— Richard Wright, BBC

the shelf

Digital Curation Raw Material 4 Tra

Storage fantasy 2

the cloud

Microsoft Cloud 1

Storage reality 1

Microsoft Cloud 	3

Storage reality 2

Linear A Phaistos Disk B

Storage reality 3

Domesday Laserdisc

Storage means death

Museum Crate 3 Quarters
Mausoleum Tomb Vga
Smith Sandy Old Computers Sunset

"We cannot all become museums of computer hardware"‐Library of Congress, 2013

Migration fantasy

Osx Windows Migration Assistant

Migration reality

Migration Error Document Too Old
Microsoft Word Wont Open Word

Solution: emulation

FCEUX Nintendo Nes Emulator

Emulators by amateurs

Nintendo: "The introduction of emulators...represents the greatest threat to date to the intellectual property rights of video game developers"

Real Mario SmaDiverging, re-converging, and constantly improving.

No one in charge.

Fceux Emulator Timeline

Who's making emulators now?

Emulators By Producer Chart

Emulation by amateurs: 1974-2014

FCEUX Nintendo Nes Emulator

Emulation by professionals: 2004-present

Flanagan Phage Vpc B Ill

The Erl King

Seeing Dou Weinbren Ill

Grahame Weinbren and Roberta Friedman, The Erl King (1982, emulated 2004)

First interactive video installation

Erl King Print

Dying hardware

Weinbren Erlki B 500px
Weinbren Erlki C 500px
Flavin Dan Guggenheim Outside Seeing Double Logo


57 Seeing Dou Weinbren Code


Simon Colorpanels V A Ill

Visitor survey

Seeing Survey Savvy

Library of Congress: "Emulation may serve our needs better than hardware"

Tempest Screen

Watch video of original Tempest arcade or Next slide

Daisy-chaining emulators

Edsac Emulation Daisy Chain 1
Edsac Emulation Daisy Chain 2
Edsac Emulation Daisy Chain 3
Edsac Emulation Daisy Chain 4

Emulation as a service

Internet Arcade Home

Internet Archive: JSMESS

Duncan Theresa Chop Suey

Rhizome: bwFLA

Cross-generational training

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