The Visual Archive

Critical Thinking and Making — Spring  2023

WEEK 7 | Archive ⇄ Typologies I

Field School
→ On March 30, we will visit some galleries in Chelsea. Until Friday, Mar 23, 6pm:
For our visit to Chelsea, select two exhibitions that relate to your research interest and post a link to the gallery into this document. Add one sentence how this is relevant to the class or your research. The schedule for March 30 will be shared on this website. Use these links to identify exhibitions:
See Saw Gallery Guide — APP (recommended)
GalleriesNow — Website

→ Experiment 5 — Typology, Paper
Create an archive of at least 24 records (all with captions) printed on multiple pages/cards and as an animated gif. The focus is on similarity (for example: 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).

→ 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

→ For next week
Prepare 3 mockup typologies—each with 4 records (one image with a grid 2×2). Experiment with content but also methodologies and upload 3 images (jog or jpg) to our google drive folder week 8.

→ Schedule
3/30: Field Trip
4/6: Individuals
4/13: Typology Presentation

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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