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Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives


Hasselblad Foundation, in collaboration with Valand Academy, invites you to the first International Photography Symposium for this Autumn. Welcome to Glashuset at Valand on 15-16 October to take part of the symposium 'Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives'

The recent understanding of archives (national archives, in particular) has focussed on their relation to power, to the authorities, privilege of discourse and self-image. No language, no histories and no archives are neutral. In the tradition of Michel Foucault, thinkers and artists have brought forward a range of narratives that have been silenced, hidden or ignored in the established archives.

At the same time, our archives are currently rapidly growing and multiplying. The sheer amount of recorded events is problematic. The National Archives of France, for instance, now stretches over 406.000 running meter. In spite of advanced searching tools, documents are in danger of oblivion and decay. They lose their context and meaning, both as objects and as signs.

The symposium Order and Collapse unfolds between these two poles.

WEDNESDAY 15 October at 10:30-16:30

10.30-11.00 Welcome and introduction
11.00-12.00 Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
Be Furious You Are Going to Die
12.00-13.00 LUNCH BREAK
13.00-14.00 Jessica Bushey
Exploring Social Media Platforms as Archives: Unintended Consequences
14.00-15.00 Peter Piller
Advantages of the unintentional
15.00-15.30 Coffee
15.30-16.30 Questions and discussion

THUSRSDAY 16 October at 09.00-13.00

09.00-10.00 Leslie Squyres, Soft Music and Harsh Bullets (about the archive of the photographer W. Eugene Smith)
10.00-11.00 Paula Roush, The Found Photo Foundation
11.00-11.30 Coffee
11.30-12.00 Tyrone Martinsson, Into the Archives - Out of the Archives
12.00-13.00 Summary and concluding discussion

Lecturer: Gäster: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin (Artists based in London, UK), Jessica Bushey (Doctoral Student at the University of British Columbia, Canada), Peter Piller (Artist, Germany), Leslie Squyres (Director of the Volkerding Study Center at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, USA), Paula Roush (Artist and Lecturer of Art & Media at the London South Bank University and the University of Westminster in London, UK), Tyrone Martinsson (Researcher in Photography at Valand Academy, Sweden).

Date & hour: 10/15/2014 at 10:30 AM till 10/16/2014 at 1:00 PM

Categories: Art

Organizer: Valand Academy in collaboration with the Hasselblad Foundation

Location: Glashuset, Valand Academy, Chalmersgatan 4, entrance from the courtyard

Event URL: Read more about Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives

Contact person: Paulin Nande


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