Archives and records do not necessarily equate to a singular truth, but are nevertheless essential for the interpretation of events. Often led by written texts and illustrative imageries, archival practices and archival research result in conceptions of history that remain within the frameworks of one (scientific) world far away from individual realities. The audio map “biography of kecak” is an attempt to decrease this discrepancy by re-directing archival attention to sonic material as building elements for understanding past events. Enriched by the imaginative qualities of sound, it attempts to draw a fuller picture of life. Using the history of Balinese chanting performance “kecak” the audio map depicts kecak’s evolution from a sacred to a secular performance and its ever-changing perception.
This contribution is published in the framework of the Whole Life Academy.
A conversation on compulsive archiving in relation to a private archive of press photography on Liberia.
Schaber’s contribution revisits her 2004 work culture is our business and considers the complex issues around these three agencies. At stake in these differences are how the image’s story should be told, and how this telling is embedded in the viewing and understanding of history.
Paula Montesios und Eduardo Molinari speak about their artistic practices and how they are related to archives. Together they reflect about counter-archiving, para-archiving and un-archiving and how this includes experiences with and appearances of sensorial encounters with the past.
This essay explores the plural notion of “ethnofuturisms” by employing a comparative approach. The cultural and political vicissitudes of “futurist” tropes are traced in literary and audiovisual creations that engage with the national, ethnic, and/or racial contexts of the Middle East, African diaspora, East Asia, and former Eastern Bloc.
The video explores the encounter (digital and analogue) between the body and the archive.
These images were taken in the frame of The Whole Life Academy. Laura Fiorio accompanied the project as a photographer from the beginning in 2019 and developed her own approach of documenting archival sites and methods.
Accumulation and multiplication of images is an accumulation of the hidden histories behind them. How do we recover these invisible histories?
This workshop addressed archives as related to overlapping sites of nature/culture, climate change, deep time, and the built environment. The following texts and visual materials offer insight into individual participants’ research on
In search of a polyphony that speaks to the ecologies, nightmares, poisons and antidotes that come to assemble an Archive for the Eleventh Hour.
This Academy workshop addressed archives as related to overlapping sites of nature/culture, climate change, deep time, and the built environment. The texts and visual materials include an introduction to the workshop’s components and sites.