ORDER AND COLLAPSE THE LIVES OF ARCHIVES


Order and Collapse has just been published and brings together the contributions to the symposium with the same name that took place in Gothenburg, Sweden,  at the Valand Academy in November 2015.  I presented my long-term project THE FOUND PHOTO FOUNDATION and both the talk and the book essay were great opportunities to reflect on a photographic practice characterised by the reuse and rereading of  large photographic collections.


The book is published by Stockholm-based Art and Theory Publishing as part of Negative,  a series of publications that critically review and ana­lyse the practices, histories, and aesthetics of photographic culture. Negative is a collaboration between the Hasselblad Foundation, Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg, and Art and Theory Publishing. Editors: Gunilla Knape, Niclas Östlind, Louise Wolthers.

Earlier books in the series:

Imprint: Visual Narratives in Books and Beyond, with essays by Gerry Badger, David Bate, Bettina Lockemann, and an interview with Michael Mack, 2013

Auto: Self-Representation and Digital Photography, with essays by Sarah Kember, Willem Popelier, Louise Wolthers, and an interview with Daniel Trottier, 2014

Broken: Environmental Photography, with essays by Kate Palmer Albers, Colin Westerbeck, Mark Klett, Liz Wells, Chris Wainwright, and Anne Noble, 2014

Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives, with essays by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin,  Leslie Squyres, Jessica Bushey, Tyrone Martinsson, paula roush and Peter Piller, 2016

The normative order and authoritarian use of conventional archives has long been criticised. This book explores the current digitally informed transformation and multiplication of archives with their increase in both accessibility and the amount of data produced, stored, and circulated. Despite improved search capabilities, docu­ments – including photographs and other images – are in danger of sinking into oblivion. However, new knowledge, connotations and materialities are also emerging.

The texts and artworks in Order and Collapse represent a selection of contemporary artistic and research-based approaches to existing archives, the act of collecting images and creating new archives.

Represented by Idea Books