Communicating the Archive: Physical Migration. Karl-Magnus Johansson, Gluey-C (Eds.). The Regional State Archives in Gothenburg.Posted in art, books, distribution on December 10th, 2013
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Communicating the Archive: Physical Migration. Karl-Magnus Johansson, Gluey-C (Eds.). The Regional State Archives in Gothenburg.
Works and texts by Ida Lehtonen, Lisa Ehlin, Sandra Rafman, Kari Altmann, Jon rafman,
Michael Shanks, Artie Vierkant and Karl-Magnus Johansson (ed.).
There is no offline space. Or at least the experience of the Internet so deeply affects media users today that it influences their perspectives of the world outside the Web. This situation has been described as post-Internet, a term that has loosely emerged as an approach within contemporary art, defined by the social and technological conditions of networked society.
The Regional State Archives in Gothenburg invited the artist Ida Lehtonen to let her artistic practice encounter the archives. In Communicating the Archive: Physical Migration, Lehtonen’s work is presented and examined from an archival and media archaeological standpoint. Somewhat disregarding traditional archival values such as preservation, security and authenticity, this volume reconsiders the archive post-Internet through contributions from scholars and practitioners of diverse fields: art, psychology, digital culture, archaeology and fashion.
Ida Lehtonen is an artist and curator born in Turku, Finland. She holds a BFA from the School of Photography, University of Gothenburg. The main focus of her research is our relationships with machines; how new technology shapes us, our bodies and the outside world.
Lisa Ehlin is a PhD student in Fashion Studies, connected to a research school in Cultural History at Stockholm University. Her research centres on the process, practice and experience of the digital image in contemporary digital culture.
Sandra Rafman, PhD, is a developmental and clinical psychologist at the McGill University Health Centre and at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. She has a longstanding interest in the relation of psychology, philosophy and art. Her writings include narrative representations of the experience of loss, children’s notions of justice and forgiveness and the construction of self in complex political environments following trauma and moral disruption.
Kari Altmann is an American cloud-based artist currently stationed in New York with a BFA from MICA. She is an ongoing participant in both online and offline countercultures, and a consistently conceptual superuser of social media. Her work is often focused on cultural technology and the back-end processes that shape today’s meta awareness of content, brands, memes, and products.
Jon Rafman is an artist, filmmaker, and essayist born in Montreal. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited at the New Museum, the Palais de Tokyo, and the Saatchi Gallery. Rafman’s work, inspired by the rich contradictions that technology presents, has been featured in Modern Painters, Frieze, The New York Times, and Artforum.
Michael Shanks is a British archaeologist who has specialized in Classical archaeology and archaeological theory. He received his BA and PhD from Cambridge University, and was a lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter before moving to the US in 1999 to take up a Chair in Classics at Stanford University. He is director of the MetaMedia Lab and co-directs the Stanford Humanities Lab.
Artie Vierkant is an artist whose work concerns the role of image production and
dissemination in contemporary networked society. He received an MFA from the University of California San Diego. His work has been shown internationally and featured in Artforum, the UbuWeb archive, Reframing Photography (Routledge), and more. He is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He lives and works in New York.
Karl-Magnus Johansson is an archivist at the Regional State Archives in Gothenburg, and the editor of this book.
The book is designed and co-edited by Gluey-C, the collaborative practice of the designers Pascal Prošek and Jonas Fridén, and archivist Karl-Magnus Johansson.