In her two-part article published on e-Flux, Innovative Forms of Archive, “…discursive aspects or forms of presentation that may be said to constitute “innovative forms of archives.” Such a phrase is at the same time deliberately ironic, as the notion of scientific or creative innovation is necessarily followed by the well-known support structures of presentation (exhibitions, events, and so on), within whose regimes and formats the Rancièrian redistribution of the sensible takes place.”
Hence the question that she raises is, in a way, about the accessibility of history: who can make it, who can store it and declare it official? What forms does it take, and are they still appropriate for the contemporary discourses that we (a vast we) are trying to bring together? Where are old maps and pictures and texts stored, anyways, and how? In recent years, there have been efforts by many online platforms to digitise and make accessible their collections or those from the Bundesarchiv (German national archive). If you are looking for information about past events or projects, or looking for some fun collage practices, we recommend you take a look at the references below. Please comment on this post to suggest more ways of researching heritage in online archives!
Intended for the General Public – Reads Effortlessly
If you have old paintings,
do not despair.
Retain your memories
but détourn them
so that they correspond with your era.
Why reject the old
if one can modernize it
with a few strokes of the brush?
This casts a bit of contemporaneity
on your old culture.
Be up to date,
at the same time.
Painting is over.
You might as well finish it off.
Long live painting.
Asger Jorn, Exhibition catalogue, Rive Gauche Gallery (May 1959)
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