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.
The Perverted Archival Image workshop centered on and tentacled off from Studio Baalbeck. The workshop participants created an audio montage of recordings to accompany some of the visual archive material.
This collective chain uses multiple entry points to reflect on the encounter of archival practices, objects and material with non-linear timelines.
Beyond the objects in any given archive is a myriad of people, encounters and exchanges. The desire to locate the human element beneath archives is challenged by new technology. As part of ‘Life Stories and Archives’, we began a virtual ‘common archive’. Our collaborative thread addresses pertinent questions arising from shared interests in how individual’s origins, biases, networks and political struggles fuel the need to collect.
Delving into the notion of the desktop as an archival site and methodology, this contribution presents two divergent outputs resulting from collaboration between the participants and co-conveners of the Academy workshop “Desktop Shortcuts”: an in-development simplified database of hyperlinks, and a poetic game of disorder.
Through reciting an original letter by writer Christa Wolf alongside translations in their own languages, six performers create a polyphonic chorus of political-social shifts and upheavals.
A conversation about the entanglement of biographies and archives under the impressions of current social and political ruptures.
A performance by Meg Stuart, establishing the gesture and the body as a force against the rule of law in the archive.
This text examines how sound can be archived on an object like a wax cylinder and how this way of archiving the intangible differs fundamentally from the approach of oral cultures, using Safi Faye’s film Fad’jal as an example.