The Visual Archive

Critical Thinking and Making — Spring  2022

WEEK 8 | Archive⇄Form

For our next experiment, we will explore the relationship of archives, form, and paper: “Printing has always been political. The act of transferring material to paper carries with it a charge, a potential transfer of state—from private to public, from speech to text, from one copy to many.”
Urgent Archives, Paul Soulellis

→ Read & Watch
Paul Soulellis: Urgent Archives
Karel Martens: Practice & Process

→ Browse
Bernd and Hilla Becher
Video @SFMoMA
The Photographic Comportment of Bernd and Hilla Becher @Tate

Karel Martens @It’s nice That
Paying attention to the things we don’t see

Herman Rahman @A.I.Gallery
We Travelled in Moonlight

Marco Cadioli: Earth Satellite Works
Square with Concentric Circles
Necessary Lines


→ Experiment 5 — Form & Paper
Create an archive of at least 16 records (all with captions) printed on multiple pages/cards. The focus is on form through the lens of your research inquiry. Number of pages and format are up to you. Consider this an opportunity to explore directions for your final archive (which does not have to be on paper).

→ For next week
Prepare 3 directions (mockups) for our individual meeting/mid-terms next week. One of them should include found imagery and your idea to add a new layer. (→ Karel Martens).

→ Schedule
3/31: Individuals
4/7: Field Trip (Chelsea)
4/14: Paper & Form Presentation


Karel Martens, Untitled, 2018
Letterpress monoprint on found card, 127 x 200 mm, unique, (KM2018-05)

“I like to print on things that already have a past.” (Karel Martens) In other words: combining a visual response to your research inquiry with found imagery creates a dialog with the past (and the future?).

Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher, Pitheads (1974), Tate
© Estate of Bernd Becher & Hilla Becher
Penelope Umbrico, Signals Still / Ink (Book) /, 2011
Each 8.5in x 11in
Scanned overprinted, unbound, pages from the production of Ink (Book)
Archival ink-­jet print on Hahnemuhle paper

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