The Living Archive project will be presented by A/Prof David Carlin at this symposium in Barcelona next week. He’ll be joining others from RMIT in this collaboration with IN3 Research Institute of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Â This event runs alongside the opening of RMIT Europe.
It only accesses the public data in the project, but now others can write interfaces to the stuff we’ve made and do, well, interesting things with it. An open API is, for me, fundamental to how we can conceptualise a ‘living’ archive.
It is a methodological field, not an algorithmic process (for those that recognise it, this is from Barthes’ “From Work to Text” as a nod to the importance of grand theory to my own work) which means that it lies between the sorts of new practices that emerge when we apply novel digital techniques to things that can be treated as data using what I’d like to think of as more traditional propositions.
…Finally the more recent decline might reflect the move to a completely digital mode where, to begin with, it was trivial to record a lot (and we all did) but then storage of non–tape media (we could call it non physical but that isn’t really accurate) on hard drives was informal and may have been stored willy nilly then erased, lost, forgotten, deleted and otherwise and indirectly treated as emphemeral.
Fascinating presentation by David Pearson, Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries for the City of London Corporation about how marginalia shifts something that is more or less anonymous (my words) into an artefact of value. (Reminds me of an old project by computer scientist and ethnographer Cathy Marshall where she made a prototype annotation program for a laptop, her method involved buying heavily annotated second hand editions of text books at university book stores, and interviewing their purchasers, to model existing annotation practices.
‘Convergence‘ is a major exhibition by the RMIT Design Research Institute, now showing at the RMIT Design Hub. Â These photos are from the Circus Oz performance at the exhibition opening on 2nd May. Â You can see more photosÂ here. Convergence is the biggest public splash to date in the RMIT Design Hub since it opened in December. Â This exhibition is a… Read more →