Traditionally a corpus of documents or a physical site for their conservation, the archive has evolved over the centuries by using continuous technological advances, to develop an extraordinary multiplicity of viewing platforms to reproduce the past, capture the present and map our presence: e.g. works of art, installations, museums and social media. Considering the archive essentially as a memory laboratory, Gabriella Giannachi traces in these extremely dense pages the history of archiving practices of various origins, reaching the most sophisticated digital archives of today and examining an incredible quantity of emblematic case studies. Ranging from art, archaeology, anthropology, and postcolonial studies, she underlines the importance of participatory archiving, cites Andy Warhol and Ant Farm, analyses the aesthetics of databases and the transmission of knowledge through bodily performance and bioart, demonstrating how the archive has become a global tool for the production, conservation and circulation of knowledge.
Number of pages: 376
Date of Publishing: 30/09/2021
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