• Potential Archives: A Feminist Ethical Framework for Interdisciplinary Artist Archives in the Digital Age

    Author(s):
    Julia Polyck-O'Neill (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    CSDH-SCHN 2021: Making the Network
    Subject(s):
    Computer art, History, Art, Feminism
    Item Type:
    Presentation
    Meeting Title:
    CSDH/SCHN 2021: Making the Network
    Meeting Org.:
    CSDH/SCHN
    Meeting Loc.:
    online
    Meeting Date:
    2 June 2021
    Tag(s):
    New Media Art, New media infrastructures, artist archives, Digital archives, Digital art history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/eb33-ry79
    Abstract:
    Can a feminist reimagining of digital technology provide an innovative theoretical and practical framework for transforming interdisciplinary artist archives? As digital media conservators Deena Engel and Glen Wharton identify in the premise for the Artist Archive Initiative at New York University, conventional approaches to the artist archive neglect to study how the complexity of an artist’s interdisciplinary creative practice can confound conventional archival systems and practices. My project demonstrates how artists’ archives benefit from non-traditional archival methods that combine emerging digital archival strategies that accommodate and represent community networks and collaborations with the intervention of the artists themselves in the co-creation of accessible multimedia archives. Digital methods will enable artists to augment and customize their archival holdings with attributes such as narratives/narration and networked information. This paper explores two main, preliminary ideas: why a transformation of the organization of artist archives is timely and important; and how digital methods and platforms have the potential to benefit artists, arts scholars, and arts archivists. Potential Archives is both a study and a framework, providing both a map of how these non-traditional methods have worked in the past, and a model for how to develop future artist’s archives. This project will reconceptualize the interdisciplinary artist archive according to emerging feminist and digital epistemologies and methods to help artists plan for and prepare their future institutional archives and address emerging needs and concerns, while also assisting arts institutions in addressing such innovations. [abstract edited for length]
    Notes:
    Slide show with some notes.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
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