The archive is an immersive environment: the sum of documentary material circulating between individual interactions, in culture, in the media; creating structures of a shared consciousness and ‘collective memory.’ Methods of archiving have changed dramatically alongside accelerations of information distribution and increased storage possibilities. Collective assertions of equity have exposed problematic implicit power dynamics of archival methods, highlighting who has designated what we collectively remember.
Inhabiting an interactive multidimensional space, RECOLLECTING FUTURES presents three contemporary artistic perspectives on how we store, evaluate and share information and memories, and how archives will be structured in our future of mixed realities. In an effort to cope with the vastness of information circulating in all different kinds of media, curators Miriam Arbus (synthesis gallery) and Julia Schmelzer (PYLON), unite with Carla Gannis, Mohsen Hazrati and Christopher Meerdo in the synthesis gallery’s Mozilla Hubs virtual space.
Is every random bit and piece of digitized information, shared online libraries, social media platforms and our multimedia-pervaded life automatically contributing to a global internet archive, creating a massive indiscernible/latent collective memory? How will the future derive meaning and memory from this plethora? Considering the consequences of endlessly feeding the algorithm with personal, factual, and sometimes false information, RECOLLECTING FUTURES interrogates the methods and structures of how we archive and access information.
Carla Gannis' wwwunderkammer is an ongoing project positioning information for the future into a living archive: with a cascading group of hubs, Gannis queries what is the method and potential of an immersive virtual archive, a dynamic evolving space that welcomes live interactions while hosting records, data, and stories of things past.
Mohsen Hazrati's Repetitious Redundancies hub explores how we derive meaning from words and the significance of relational interaction. In a dynamic series of virtual spaces, Hazrati emphasizes the derivative nature of finding meaning. Calling everything a genitive case, Hazrati explores artefact vs. symbol with personal experiences serving as a proxy in order to convey and convert information.
Christopher Meerdo’s work The Search question power structures of the visibility and accessibility of information and its dissection as well as representation. By means of expanded photographic methodologies of data processing, image-synthesis, computational sculpture and moving images, Meerdo references data archives as active sites.
The artistic positions of the exhibition implicate questions of what and why something is preserved. Considering the agency of every participant - object or subject - within the dynamic webs of information and data exchange, the artists collectively envision new strategies for memory processing and future forms of repositories.
Exhibition: March 27, 2021 - June 25, 2021Online venue: https://hubs.mozilla.com/VCBH2rP/recollecting-futures (link activated on March 27th)
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