The Archive by Charles Merewether [epub, pdf, doc, kindle]

by Charles Merewether

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FormatPaperback, PDFEn
PublisherMIT Press (MA)
File size2.6 Mb
GanreArt
Release date 06.12.2006
ISBN9780262633383
Pages count207
Book rating4.5 (64 votes)

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In the modern era, the archive—official or personal—has become the most significant means by which historical knowledge and memory are collected, stored, and recovered. The archive has thus emerged as a key site of inquiry in such fields as anthropology, critical theory, history, and, especially, recent art. Traces and testimonies of such events as World War II and ensuing conflicts, the emergence of the postcolonial era, and the fall of communism have each provoked a reconsideration of the authority given the archive—no longer viewed as a neutral, transparent site of record but as a contested subject and medium in itself.This volume surveys the full diversity of our transformed theoretical and critical notions of the archive—as idea and as physical presence—from Freud's "mystic writing pad" to Derrida's "archive fever"; from Christian Boltanski's first autobiographical explorations of archival material in the 1960s to the practice of artists as various as Susan Hiller, Ilya Kabakov, Thomas Hirshhorn, Renee Green, and The Atlas Group in the present.Not for sale in the UK and Europe. "

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