Valiz, Amsterdam, 2017
Contributors: Babak Afrassiabi, Dušan Barok, Tina Bastaijan, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Özge Çelikaslan, Annet Dekker, Olia Lialina, Luksch, Nicolas Malevé, Aymeric Mansoux, Michael Murtaugh, Josien Pieterse, Ellef Prestsæter, Robert Sakrowski, Stef Scagliola, Katrina Sluis, Femke Snelting, Igor Štromajer, Nasrin Tabatabai
Archives are collections of records that are preserved for historical, cultural and evidentiary purposes. As such, archives considered as sites of a 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, at times referred to with the term ‘Living Archives’. In which ways has this change affected our relationship to the past? 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 archives are not simply a recording, a reflection, or an image of an event, but that it shapes the event itself and thus influences both the past, present and future.
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?