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Week 4 blog


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My ARTS2090 Blog for Week 4

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Week 4 blog

  1. 1. ARCHIVE FEVER<br />Week 4 Blog – Kerrie Hui<br />
  2. 2. What is an archive?<br />“a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people”<br />“the place where such documents or records are kept”<br />- Apple Dictionary<br />
  3. 3. Archives and Publishing<br />Publishing involves the structuring of information/media elements for preservation, distribution and access<br />Whilst…<br />The act of archiving the preservation of data/information that has value<br />
  4. 4. ARCHIVE FEVER:<br />“the desire to recover moments of inception: to find and possess all sorts of beginnings”… (Steedman’sDust, p. 5)<br />
  5. 5. Derrida (1995) and Archive Fever<br />How does different modes of publishing constitute institutions, modes of living, our sense of self, both individually and collectively?<br />How does the structure of publishing change our experience? What are the consequences?<br />Are we our own archives?<br />
  6. 6. Modes of Publishing and Institutions<br />Historical, religious and law texts constitute the social and individual institutions and practices <br />Internet and Social Media as the general world archive facilitating the globalisation of the institutions and their culture and society<br />
  7. 7. Structure of Publishing and Experience<br />Looking for the easiest way to record, store, access and retrieve archives<br />Disappearance and Emergence of different forms of archives<br />Embracing digital archives as they are time, cost and space efficient<br />
  8. 8. Your Archive = You | You ≠ Your Archive<br />Photo Albums, bookshelves, music collection, iTunes playlist, diaries, blogs etc is a collection of information and experiences about YOU<br />It physically constitutes the foundation of your character and past experiences<br />But it has been selected and recorded thus it is not full picture of one’s personality and life<br />
  9. 9. Consequences<br />The disappearance of the static archive<br />The location of the physical archive (such as a server) and legal jurisdiction<br />The control of access and sharing of archives<br />
  10. 10. Consequences<br />Require external tools to retrieve archive<br />BUT!<br />We have created positive and extended ways of remembering<br />
  11. 11. New vs Old Archives: Apartheid Archive<br />“…Examines the nature of the experiences of racism of South Africans under the old apartheid order…”<br />“attempts to fill the gaps interspersed between the ‘grand’ narratives recorded by the TRC”<br />It can usurp and destroy validity of previous recounts and archives<br />
  12. 12. Omeka<br />“free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions”<br />