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Publication: Lost and Living (in) Archives

Archives are collections of records that are preserved for historical, cultural and evidentiary purposes. As such, archives are considered sites of a past, places that contain traces of a collective memory of a nation, a people or group. Digital archives have transformed from stable entities into flexible systems, at times referred to with the term ‘Living Archives’. In which ways has this change affected our relationship to the past? Will the erased, forgotten and neglected be redeemed, and new memories be allowed to take their place? Will the fictional versus factual mode of archiving offer the democracy that the term public domain implies, or is it merely another way for public instruments of power to operate? The various essays in Lost and Living (in) Archives (2017) show that archives are not simply a recording, a reflection, or an image of an event, but that they shape the event itself and thus influence both the past, present and future.

The publication contains contributions by
Annet Dekker, Katrina Sluis, Femke Snelting, Scandinavian Institutre fot Computational Vandalism, Aymeric Mansoux, Manu Luksch, Josien Pieterse, Stef Scagliola, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Robert Sakrowski, Igor Stromajer, Olia Lialina, Ozge Celikaslan, Tina Bastajian.

Lost and Living (in) Archives
Collectively Shaping New Memories

Editor: Annet Dekker
Valiz Publisher, 2017
Paperback | 288 pp. | 22 x 17 cm (h x w) |
English | ISBN 978-94-92095-26-8

Book launch

Rotterdam, 14 december 2017
16.45 – doors open
17.00 – start
18:00 – end

This event will explore the messy entanglements of how documents are created and collected, how systems (dis)function and how networks of people, bots and algorithms trigger and demand transformations in the way archives are constructed and thought of.

Presentation from students of the Experimental Publishing study path at the Piet Zwart Institute’s Media Design Master in Rotterdam, currently focusing on the topic of the autonomous archive, will be followed by a discussion, in which particular attention will be paid to the functions and functioning of bottom-up archival approaches, community archives and autonomous archiving.

Het Nieuwe Instituut
25 Museumpark
3015 CB Rotterdam

This event is in English and free of charge.

The living archive /


Finissage: Collectively (Re)shaping the Archive
Finissage of exhibition House of Wisdom, in collaboration with Casco and 7 Hills Foundation.


Tina Bastajian

Film maker, video artist and essayist

Annet Dekker

Researcher and curator

Özge Çelikaslan

Artist, activist and researcher

Stef Scagliola


Josien Pieterse

Director of Framer Framed