The Visual Archive

Critical Thinking and Making — Fall  2023

WEEK 5 | Archive ⇄ Typology

→ Experiment 3 — Typology
A typology is a classification according to a general type or attribute. Through the lens of your research inquiry, identify one attribute to create an archive of at least 12 recordings. The shared attribute can be found within the “subject” (form, color, size, …) or the recording methodology (stencil printing, photographed from a specific perspective, material rubbings).

→ For next week
I will meet you individually on Zoom.
Prepare 3 mockup typologies—each with 4 records (one image with a grid 2×2). Each typology needs to have different content & different recording methodology.
Plus, formulate in one sentence what you want to learn through your archive.

→ Bernd and Hilla Becher
Video @SFMoMA
The Photographic Comportment of Bernd and Hilla Becher @Tate
→ Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek
→ Marco Cadioli
Square with Concentric Circles
Necessary Lines
→ Zeo Leonard
You see I am here after all
→ Nicolai Howalt
Light Break
→ Richard Long
Rock Drawing
→ herman de vries
Zweige der Baeume
→ Penelope Umbrico
Solar Eclipses

→ Schedule
10/5: Individuals
10/13: Field Trip
10/20: Typology

Exhibition at the MET, 2022
Using a large-format view camera, the Bechers methodically recorded blast furnaces, winding towers, grain silos, cooling towers, and gas tanks with precision, elegance, and passion. Their rigorous, standardized practice allowed for comparative analyses of structures that they exhibited in grids of between four and thirty photographs. They described these formal arrangements as “typologies” and the buildings themselves as “anonymous sculpture.”  
Karel Martens, Untitled, 2012
Letterpress monoprint on found card, 148 x 210 mm, Unique (KM2012-05)
Christian Marclay’s photogram, @Fraenkel

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