Archive Everything: Mapping The Everyday

Hardcover | November 25, 2016

byGabriella Giannachi

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In Archive Everything, Gabriella Giannachi traces the evolution of the archive into the apparatus through which we map the everyday. The archive, traditionally a body of documents or a site for the preservation of documents, changed over the centuries to encompass, often concurrently, a broad but interrelated number of practices not traditionally considered as archival. Archives now consist of not only documents and sites but also artworks, installations, museums, social media platforms, and mediated and mixed reality environments. Giannachi tracks the evolution of these diverse archival practices across the centuries. 

Archives today offer a multiplicity of viewing platforms to replay the past, capture the present, and map our presence. Giannachi uses archaeological practices to explore all the layers of the archive, analyzing Lynn Hershman Leeson's !Women Art Revolution project, a digital archive of feminist artists. She considers the archive as a memory laboratory, with case studies that include visitors' encounters with archival materials in the Jewish Museum in Berlin. She discusses the importance of participatory archiving, examining the "multimedia roadshow" Digital Diaspora Family Reunion as an example. She explores the use of the archive in works that express the relationship between ourselves and our environment, citing Andy Warhol and Ant Farm, among others. And she looks at the transmission of the archive through the body in performance, bioart, and database artworks, closing with a detailed analysis of Lynn Hershman Leeson's Infinity Engine.

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In Archive Everything, Gabriella Giannachi traces the evolution of the archive into the apparatus through which we map the everyday. The archive, traditionally a body of documents or a site for the preservation of documents, changed over the centuries to encompass, often concurrently, a broad but interrelated number of practices not t...

Gabriella Giannachi is Professor of Performance and New Media and Director of the Centre for Intermedia at the University of Exeter. She is the coauthor (with Steve Benford) of Performing Mixed Reality (MIT Press).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:November 25, 2016Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262035294

ISBN - 13:9780262035293

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Insightful and thought provoking. Giannachi's book appeals equally to information professionals facing the deluge of digital artifacts in modern digital archives and to those inquisitively searching for meaning of history, art, identity, and social engagements in our digital era. Promoting an archive apparatus that ' we want to be produced by,' Giannachi renews our sense of empowerment and connection with the very process that captures our present and makes it an integral part of our future. She makes superbly flowing arguments, interweaving scholarly frameworks with rich examples of past and contemporary practices. Her book offers a soothing canvas for the unfolding drama as, on one side, we combat a digital amnesia due to technology obsolescence and, on the other, seek to rebalance social values within a digital economy, concerned with personal digital footprints, digital identity, and the right to be forgotten.