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In this article, I explore how digital data collection in the context of the Berkeley-Abiquiú Collaborative Archaeology (BACA) project works, some of the affordances of this new-ish technology, and how they articulate with analogue art practices to achieve the goals of engaged research. Thinking with affordances helps me reflect critically on what digital data recording offers our research goals. In this case, the most important aspect of using digital data recording is how it changes our relationship to time. New orientations of research time created by such technology is an opportunity to engage creatively with how archaeology can represent complexity, produce embodied experience, and share senses of place through both digital and analogue practices. As archaeologists trying to think trans-humanistically, we need to reflect critically on digital technologies to produce engaged research. This is always a shifting target. New uses reveal new possibilities, and vice versa. But newness is not what makes an impact, a difference, or changes the way we do research together; what makes a difference is the result, effects, and affects of these affordances.

Dans cet article, l'auteur examine comment les données numériques sont acquises dans le cadre du projet Berkeley-Abiquiú Collaborative Archaeology (BACA), les potentialités (affordances) de cette technologie relativement nouvelle et son articulation avec la pratique de l'art pour atteindre les objectifs d'une recherche engagée. Une démarche incluant ces affordances permet à l'auteur de jeter un regard critique sur ce que l'enregistrement de données numériques peut contribuer à nos recherches. Dans le cas étudié, l'aspect le plus important de l'enregistrement des données numériques est qu'il change notre rapport avec le temps. La technologie nous permet de poursuivre de nouvelles orientations et offre les moyens de réfléchir de manière créative sur la complexité en archéologie, de produire des expériences incarnées et de partager un sens de l'espace à travers des pratiques tant numériques qu'analogues. En tant qu'archéologues travaillant dans un esprit transhumaniste, nous devons procéder à une réflexion critique sur les possibilités de poursuivre des recherches engagées que le numérique offre. Mais cet objectif est en mouvement constant. De nouvelles applications créent de nouvelles possibilités et vice versa. Ce n'est pas la nouveauté qui fait impression, change la donne ou modifie nos manières de collaborer ; ce qui importe, ce sont les résultats, les répercussions et les réactions que provoquent ces affordances. Translation by Madeleine Hummler

In diesem Artikel untersuche ich die Anwendung der digitalen Datenfassung im Rahmen eines archäologischen Projektes, das Berkeley-Abiquiú Collaborative Archaeology (BACA) Projekt, und überlege über die fördernden und hemmenden Eigenschaften (Affordanz) dieser recht neuen Technologie und über ihren Zusammenhang mit der Praxis der Kunst, um die Ziele einer engagierten Forschung zu erreichen. Ein Bezug auf den Begriff der Affordanz hilft dabei, kritisch darüber nachzudenken, was die digitale Datenfassung zu unseren Forschungszielen beiträgt. Im vorliegenden Fall war die Veränderung unser Verhältnis zur Zeit der wichtigste Aspekt der Anwendung der digitalen Datenfassung. Die Technologie ermöglichte es, durch die Anwendung von digitalen und analogen Mitteln, neue Forschungsrichtungen zu folgen, über die Darstellung der Komplexität in der Archäologie kreativ zu denken, verkörperte Erlebnisse zu fördern und ein Gefühl für die Bedeutung eines Ortes zu teilen. Als Archäologen, die versuchen, transhumanistisch zu denken, müssen wir kritisch über die digitalen Technologien nachdenken und dessen Fähigkeit, engagierte Forschungsrichtungen zu entwickeln. Aber die Ziele verschieben sich immer wieder; neue Anwendungen bringen neue Möglichkeiten und umgekehrt. Es ist nicht die Neuigkeit, die etwas prägt oder eine Rolle spielt, oder die Art und Weise unserer wissenschaftlichen Zusammenarbeit verändert; der Unterschied liegt in den Ergebnissen, den Auswirkungen und den Einflüssen dieser neuen Affordanz. Translation by Madeleine Hummler

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