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Gabriella Giannachi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035293

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035293.001.0001

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Archives as Archaeological Sites

Archives as Archaeological Sites

(p.27) 2 Archives as Archaeological Sites
Archive Everything

Gabriella Giannachi

The MIT Press

This Chapter shows how archaeology offers a set of translating and mediating practices that help us to build an understanding of the apparatus of the archive as an amalgam of materials that may have been produced at different points in time. To unearth the archive as a site, the chapter introduces an archaeological toolkit including elements such as survey; excavation; media archaeology and remediation. The chapter also shows how the archive operates as strata. In particular, the chapter focuses on the capacity of the archive to facilitate the production and transmission of our presence, our present, and our identity. By analyzing Lynn Hershman Leeson’s !R.A.W. project archaeologically, the chapter shows the inter-relatedness of materials and the media used to frame them, unpacking how archives ought to be read contextually as inter-archives.

Keywords:   archaeology, amalgam, strata, site, inter-archives, excavation, media archaeology, presence, identity, Lynn Hershman Leeson

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