Software and related documentation
Part of:
  • Mark Goulthorpe (archive creator)
  • Xavier Robitaille (software developer)

Software and related documentation


1990 - 2014

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • approximately 45,000 digital files (252.6 GB)
Scope and content:
Series 2, Software and related documentation, 1990 – 2014, contains unique iterations of the ACDC, Aegis, and HypoSurface software, and contains roughly 45,000 digital files. The bulk of the files date from approximately 2000 – 2001.

This series chiefly consists of the materials received from Xavier Robitaille. This includes a virtual machine and DOS emulator for Aegis HypoSurface, as well as ACDC and Aegis Simulator software for Microsoft DOS and Win32 for Hyposurface installations. There is also a small amount of email correspondence in MBOX format between Robitaille, Mark Goulthorpe, and other project members documenting their work on the project.

Additionally, there are two computer backups in this series. One is for Goulthorpe’s computer. The files from the disk image were carved out and only unique files were kept. It includes his files for the Aegis HypoSurface project and reflects his working environment.

The second backup is a disk image of Paul Steenhuisen’s Mac G5 computer. The Mac G5 computer is a clone of an earlier G4, and is included with the archive to allow demonstration of the interactive logic that was developed through CeBIT, the International Manufacturers Technology Show (IMTS), and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) conference at the Boston Convention Centre, including an interactive soundscape piece executed by artist Paul Steenhuisen. The G5 has a copy of FIELD, the user interface software developed for HypoSurface 2 and HypoSurface 3. The files from this computer were processed and made available in Series 3: Projects and events, and Series 4: Promotional materials. The disk image of the internal hard drive was retained in case future emulation is necessary.

Because much of this series is software, roughly 42,000 files are or relate to executable programs. Formats for these materials are largely Java source code and Java object code, but also include HTML, plain text files, Aegis pattern files, and some unidentified formats. The remaining files in this series are chiefly vector and raster images referenced in the software. Notably, the Steenhuisen disk image is approximately 250 GB, and represents the largest part of this series.

This series overlaps significantly with Series 3: Projects and events. This series contains software generally, while Series 3 contains any software related to a specific project or event.
Reference number:


This series is not arranged.

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