Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives
With: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Leslie Squyres (Laura Volkerding Study Center, The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona), Jessica Bushey, Tyrone Martinsson, paula roush (Found Photo Foundation) and Peter Piller
Editors: Gunilla Knape, Niclas Östlind, Louise Wolthers, Tyrone Martinsson
Publishers: Hasselblad Foundation, Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg, and Art and Theory Publishing. (part of Negative, a series of publications that critically review and analyse the practices, histories, and aesthetics of photographic culture)
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.
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 text Chaos of memories- Surviving archives and the ruins of history according to the found photo foundation by paula roush is available through the London South Bank University Research Open Access Repository