Excursion to Bell Labs and Edison Park

CCM faculty, graduate students, and a few lucky guests ventured into New Jersey on a media archaeological excursion to Bell Labs and Edison Park. 

The first leg of the trip was led by CCM faculty member and Bell Labs artist-in-residence Seth Cluett, who offered a detailed tour of epoch-making technologies, remarkable insights into the
complex political economy of Bell Labs, and invited small groups into the anechoic chamber for minutes of extraordinary silence. 

CCM faculty member Jane Gaines then set the stage for the second leg, the laboratory complex of Thomas Edison; we were led through the facilities and were granted access to the archives by chief archivist (and park ranger) Leonard DeGraaf. 

Special thanks to CCM graduate student CecĂ­lia Resende Santos and CCM director Noam Elcott for organizing the trip.

Participants at Bell Labs and the anechoic chamber with Seth Cluett (images 1-5), and at Edison Park with Jane Gaines and Leonard DeGraaf (6-10). Photographs by Frederico Benevides and Noam Elcott.