The listener, Armine Hovhannisyan, 2007
The archive is one of the formal mediations to relate with the history. It forms our perception towards the historical period or fact and is the conventional resource for the formation of identity, social and cultural memory.
Many artistic and curatorial projects have been developed in order to revise and reconsider the notion and use of the archive in contemporary art. For example, some of the projects examine the archive:
“that occur with and through the institution, with a focus on the archive as a speculative tool used by artists and curators to address issues of location, identity, inclusion, storytelling, etc.”1
“as functional and practical issue […] as theoretical question […] and wide range of art practices in relation to archives, documentation and memories”2
“networking along with archive projects presented as visual art practices”3
These weekly posts will set up a dialogue within certain concrete practices in contemporary art which are trying to develop an alternative process of archiving. They will consider the process of archiving related with the present underlining the importance of the concrete practices and initiatives in the specific art situations and contexts. One aim of the process of archiving is to have an input and responsibility in terms of an educational and pedagogical sense, which will be examined as a tactic against the gaps in history and as a bridge between generations.