The Visual Archive

Critical Thinking and Making — Spring  2021

WEEK 12 | Context & Purpose

At this point, you should have a direction for your archive: what is it that are you collecting/documenting, what is the visual language, and who are you talking to. This is a great moment to put this into writing and develop the introduction to your archive.

→ Asynchronous
Read, Watch, Write

NOTE: all asynchronous activities are OPTIONAL this week. You can decide if these links are helpful for your research of if you need to look into different resources.

1. Sven Spieker, THE BIG ARCHIVE,
Art from bureaucracy, Chapter 7: Archive, Database, Photography (google drive)

2. Carolyn Steedman, DUST, The Archive and Cultural History, Chapter 4: The space of memory: in an archive. (google drive)

3. The Broken Archive
Browse the article and artistic projects to see what could be relevant for your research.

→ Prepare
 (1) Expand your archive to at least 12 records for next week.
(2) Write an introduction to your archive. You will find guiding questions in the document “Archive Introduction” in the folder week 12. Your introduction should have 200 to 400 words and needs to be uploaded to the week 12 folder on or before Tuesday, April 13, noon. This will allow your peers to read it before Thursday’s class

Field School 2021

How have archives shaped what we think we know about a place and what kinds of everyday experiences of place have been overlooked or left unrepresented? Field School “Dig Where You Stand” will creatively interrupt the mediated images and archives that preserve and maintain the history of a place, and speculatively rewrite participants’ observations back into this history. More information & registration

In case you are interested in expanding the work with archives: Field School “Dig Where You Stand” is a collaboration between the Observational Practices Lab, Parsons, and the Laboratory for Art and Research, University of Cologne.

Details TBD but it will be free to attend—or can lead into a 1-3 credit Independent Study fall 21.

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