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part of developing the digital image/ project 2, week 8, march 2011

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  • This plate from Richter’s «Atlas» compiles the artist’s grid-structured family photos, typical for working on the archive. Here Richter’s confrontation with structures and processes of collective memory culminates in the area of private photography.
  • Mabe Bethõnico began O Colecionador in 1996 and has since been developing, enlarging and adding complexity to it. The work consists of a large archive of images and texts taken from newspapers and organised according to a classification departing from four themes: "Destruction", "Corrosion", "Construction" and "Flowers". From these initial main themes, a number of other subtitles are distributed in folders, called "essays". This classification, seemingly totalizing and rigorous is in fact highly changeable and seems never to satisfy the encyclopaedic and organising spirit of the archivist collector. At each new incursion through periodicals, boxes and folders, Mabe Bethônico and the collector often find new titles, themes and rubrics, either combining categories, either subdividing them.
  • Paul Druecke, a social event archive, Social Ocassion snapshots contributed by the publicA Social Event Archive began in 1997 when artist Paul Druecke went door to door  inviting people to contribute one photo from their personal collection. Druecke  created the project around the this invitation–everyone is invited to contribute one photo. The Archive holds over 700 photographs in its collection. The Archive assembles the photos in the order received, and presents them as  a traveling exhibition and in editioned books. The photographs were not curated;  they needed only to fulfill the guidelines.
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  • 1. DEVELOPING THE DIGITAL IMAGE-project 2: week 8
  • 2. Gerhard Richter, «Atlas»
    Gerhard Richter, «Atlas» Installation Diacenter, New York, 1995
  • 3. http://www.gerhard-richter.com/art/atlas/?&page_selected=1&show_per_page=all
  • 4. Gerhard Richter Panel 2 of Atlas. 1962-present.
  • 5. Gerhard Richter Panel 9 of Atlas. 1962-present.
  • 6. Gerhard Richter Panels 17 and 18 of Atlas. 1962-present.
  • 7. Gerhard Richter Panel 18 of Atlas. 1962-present.
  • 8. Gerhard Richter: Atlas, dimensions: 6.5" x 8.5" (inches). pages: 816
  • 9. Walter Benjamin, Passagenwerk /The Arcades project , 1927-1939
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  • 12. http://www.othervoices.org/gpeaker/Passagenwerk.php
    Aby M. Warburg, «Mnemosyne-Atlas», 1924 – 1929-Mnemosyne-Atlas, Nr. 45, 1924
  • 14. Hannah Hoch, Scrapbook,1933.
  • 15. Hannah Hoch, Scrapbook,1933.
  • 16. Hannah Hoch, Pretty Maiden, 1920
  • 17. Salvador Dali ,The Phenomenon of Ecstasy, 1933
  • 18. Mabe Bethônico
    newspaper cuttings organised in pockets and sorted in folders, collected in twelve archival boxes.work in process since 1996
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  • 24. Visual sequences
    BOX IV/ WOMEN AND DESTRUCTION:http://www.ufmg.br/museumuseu/colecionador/collector/essay_03.html
    BOX V / DESTRCTION FIRE: http://www.ufmg.br/museumuseu/colecionador/collector/essay_04.html
  • 25. http://www.ufmg.br/museumuseu/colecionador/collector/news_002.html
    Look through, cut out, classify, store. These image gathering and collating procedures do not really correspond to the strict work of archivists, for whom there has to be a limit on variants in order to rationalize the various means of searching reference data. The Collector is more flexible and shifting, it weaves thematic patterns; it shuttles back to review and reclassify a sequence that may suddenly catch its attention.
  • 26. in The Collector (since 1998) you have created the concept of an archive of newspaper images, you have selected the materials, and worked as an archivist, creating fictional categories to classify the images as historical documents. What is compelling for you about archives? Are you attracted by the aura of historical documents? Are you interested in creating a pseudoscientific artistic language?Mabe Bethônico: I am interested in the fictional potential of documents, displacing their importance, recontextualizing them. The projects are narratives, built through appropriated or constructed images and texts. I am interested in looking for gaps, lacks, sometimes through what may be hidden, forgotten, focusing on commenting on the institution, its relationship with the public for instance, as was the case for the 27th Bienal de São Paulo. http://www.28bienalsaopaulo.org.br/participant/mabe-bethonico
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  • 28. Joachim Schmid1986–1999: Archiv
    Archiv #1, 1986
    Archiv #28, 1988
    Archiv (1986–1999) consists of 726 panels, 40 x 50 cm each.
  • 29. Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs 2007
  • 30. 1982–ongoing: Bilder von der Straße
    No.83, Berlin, July 1990
    No.37, Berlin, August 1987
    The series Bilder von der Straße (Pictures from the Street) is an ongoing project that started in 1982. At the moment it consists of 937 panels (found photographs mounted on board, 29.7×21 cm each).
  • 31. The Photographers’ Gallery, London 2007
  • 32. Joachim Schmid, 2004: Cyberspaces
    Cyberspace #35, 2004
    Cyberspace #10, 2004
    Cyberspaces is a series of 36 Lambda prints (36 x 48 cm each on 50 x 60 cm paper, edition of 3). The images were derived from footage of commercial online sexcams.
  • 33. Paul Druecke, a social event archive
    Since 1997, Paul Druecke has been collecting snapshotsfrom regular folks involved in what may be considered social activities—birthdays parties, half-court basketball games, luncheons, etc. Collectively, this group of images, currently in the hundreds, is known as “A Social Event Archive.
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  • 35. Submission Guidelines
    provided for informational purposes. A Social Event Archive, 1997-2007, is no longer accepting submissions.
    1. One photo per person.2. Photos should be black and white or color snapshots no larger than 4x6".3. Photos must document a social occasion, public or private, and may becurrent or historical.4. Title, Date, and Contributor's name encouraged.5. Photos are archived in the order received and will not be returned.6. Submission indicates agreement to participate in all presentations of the Archive
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  • 37. In galleries, Druecke shows a selection of the archive and invites visitors to contribute their own images to it.
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  • 41. Danes in The Sun
    By Aleksandra Mir, 2004 32 pages; 40 x 56 cm, full colorThis publication was put together during a brief 5-day residency (March 21-26, 2004) at communications bureau IB&CO, Ikast—a Danish town of 23.000 inhabitants. The photographs and stories herein were gathered through the local historical archives of Ikast, the press archives of Ikast newspaper, Herning Art Museum photo archive, and the staff at IB&CO and by contributions from people whom answered my local ad Danes in the Sun.
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  • 44. Aleksandra Mir, Living & Loving #1—The Biography of Donald Cappy, 2002, 32 pages; A3; full color. The project is the public dissemination of one ordinary man's extraordinary life. It was distributed for FREE from Cubitt, London in 2002 and from the DCA, Dundee in 2003.
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  • 47. Aleksandra Mir, Living & Loving #2—The Biography of Zoe Stillpass, 2004, 24 pages; A3; full color
    The project is the public dissemination of one ordinary woman's extraordinary life, as told by her parents. It was distributed for FREE from Frieze Art Fair, Regent's Park, London, 15-18 October 2004.
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  • 51. Bangkok Beauties.
    Collected and edited by Erik Kessels.
    KesselsKramer, 2009. 28 pp., Black & white illustrations throughout, 6¾x8¾".
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  • 54. http://www.kesselskramerpublishing.com/
  • 55. Hans-Peter Feldmann, Voyeur, 2006, fourth edition by Walther Konig in Cologne.
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  • 59. http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/browser-landscapes/1877224
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  • 63. http://www.msdm.org.uk/index.php?/publications/browser-landscapes/
  • 64. SanjaIvekovic, "Double Life (1959-1975)" Croat./Engl., 32 pages, 30 black-and-white illustrations, softcover. (detail) (1976). 33 collages of newspaper reproductions, photographs, and paper, 16 x 23 each.
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  • 67. Christian Boltanski: ten photo portraits of Christian Boltanski between 1946 and 1964 (1979)
  • 68. BOLTANSKI, Christian, Les Suissesmorts, 1989, Mixed media Le Nouvelliste du Valais,1990
  • 69. El Caso, 1987, Archives, galerieGhislaineHussenot, Paris, 1989
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  • 71. A documentary on Christian Boltanksi, Duration: 52 minutesYear: 1996