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.
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