Archives for “Memory”

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The between tradition and contemporary or past and adventure, there is no real opposition, and that what we called cultural heritage, it isn’t limited to relics of the past. Although it is based on the traditional significance, at the same time it has the existing state oneself nowadays.

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Crossing-views onlineThis fourth post is a part of my third episode. The interview I made with Marianna Hovhannisyan, a young curator and co-editor of this blog, questions the topic she chose as it is connected to the notion of identity and representation through online positions. By choosing this methodology Marianna proposes a definition of history, memory and archive, through taking a position of acting on it by the interviews about education and collaboration. She expresses that this process of archiving can help her to have a reflection on what is her role in the ongoing contemporary art and curatorial practice in Armenia.

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 Voyage en URLThis article is about Collectif 1.0.3 and their multimedia work called Voyage en URL. Voyage en URL invites us to a mental trip, “a peregrination into the flow of our navigation”, made by software’s downloading (available for windows and mac) picking up and archiving, as a dynamic process that traces our drifts from one URL address to another. Here there are no palpable maps or territories but a poetic vibration which represents a digital portrait of our wanders in the spiderweb, as a virtual representation of a train of thought by the web.

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Battle of Orgreave - June 1984This second episode introduces a link between collective identity and its history connected to traumatic historical events.
Jeremy Deller, a British artist has proposed a work The Re-enactment which had a deep impact on the collective identity of social history in England.

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I would like to focus my research on the relationships between art practice and collective identity. As the individual identity is structured by the different representations a subject has of themselves, I would like to open a discussion about the representations that are constructed for the collective identity. Art practice is a possibility of a collective experience through common identifications. I could as well question the notion of subjectivity through the collective experience.

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The listener - Armine Hovhannisyan 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.

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