The first one is Cristina Baldacci, a contemporary art historian and critic and a researcher at Iuav, Università di Venezia, where, in 2011, she achieves a PhD in Theory and Art History at Scuola di Studi Avanzati in Venezia with a thesis about the archive as a form and artistic practice on which she is writing a book. She decided to reissue her article The (Potential) Ongoing and Omnivorous Archive published in “Fruit of the Forest”, n.4, 2013.
The purpose of the entire project is not to define in an absolute and definitive way the nature and role of the archive today, which would be anachronistic and counterproductive, given the unlimited potential and the fluid structure of the archive – borrowing the words of Zygmunt Bauman – but to suggest reflections on the renewed interest in conservation, cataloguing and archiving to the need to find our way through an excess of knowledge, on the construction of a collective and personal identity who escapes to a colonialist approach and arbitrary classification, on the memory in the uncertainty of modern society and the need to maintain our uniqueness. We will try to describe processes in time and behaviors that seem to be “chaotic” but which inspire the idea of archive continually expanding, an evolving system governed by internal mechanisms which regulate the apparent confusion, formal rules thet are repeated in the same way on different scales.
This model of archive becomes important because it’s not just an ensemble of signs to be preserved and interpreted, but is a group of practices to be combined in an ever-different way. Preventing from forgetting, stopping the disappearance of things and beings might seem a noble cause, but this ambition is meant to fail, because as soon as we try to preserve something, we bind it. We are able to preserve things just stopping its course of life. Once an object enters into an archive, it loses its function, it becomes an image of itself, it loses its reason for being and its identity. To reactivate this archive means to give it a new materiality, let it examines the present and give new answers. Cristina Baldacci, in her essay, examines the inclination to classify of Western culture spread in countless intellectual directions, which range from myths to theology, from science to technology, from literature to, of course, art.
Archivists aspire to a democratic facilitation trying to give each researcher the same or similar meeting experience without disturbing the tracks for others. On the occasion of the exhibition “Again for Tomorrow” at the Royal College of Art in London, Claudia Fontes said: «When an archive’s latent content is organized and distributed through a network-like structure, a powerful potential is unleashed. Transparency and a willingness to share information Gives rise to trust, and trust is known to be the basic condition That keeps any network alive».
This is what we will try to do in the next two months