An archive is a collection of documents and records that is preserved for historical purposes. As such, an archive is considered a site of the past, a place that contains traces of a collective memory of a nation, a people or a group. Digital archives have changed from stable entities into flexible systems, referred to with the term ‘Living Archives’. But in which ways has this change affected our relationship to the past, present and future? Will the erased, forgotten and neglected be redeemed, and new memories be allowed? Will the fictional versus factual mode of archiving offer the democracy that the public domain implies, or is it another way for public instruments of power to operate? Lost and Living (in) Archives shows that an archive is not simply a recording, a reflection, or an image of an event, but that it shapes the event itself and thus influences both present and past. | more
Babak Afrassiabi, Dusan Barok, Tina Bastaijan, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Andre Castro, Özge Çelikaslan, Annet Dekker, Olia Lialina, Manu Lucksch, Nicolas Maleve, Aymeric Mansoux, Michael Murtaugh, Josien Pieterse, Robert Sakrowski, Stef Scagliola, Katrina Sluis, Femke Snelting, Igor Stromajer, Nasrin Tabatabai
NEW VALIZ SERIES 'MAKING PUBLIC'
The series 'Making Public' investigates ‘the public’, the civil domain where space, knowledge, values and commodities are shared. What does this notion of ‘public’ mean? How does this domain change under the influence of social, political and technological tendencies? Where are the boundaries of ‘the public’ and how are they determined? What interests are involved in this? What forms of responsibility and solidarity does ‘the public’ invoke? And how do artists and culture critics shape the debate on these issues? | back