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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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The Art of Archiving

The Art of Archiving

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Archive Everything

Gabriella Giannachi

The MIT Press

This Chapter explores how archival methodologies have been used, especially after the 1930s, to generate environmental or process-led artworks and how art has influenced our understanding of what constitutes an archive. The Chapter looks at practices of accumulation, collection and curation, focusing in particular on the cabinet of curiosity to show how, among other cultures of collection and exhibition, it acts as a predecessor to archival art, including a number of time capsules. The Chapter also shows how the cabinet acted as predecessor to how we present, document and archive ourselves through social media today. The apparatus of the archive is presented as the main tool we use to frame, preserve, disseminate, and aestheticize our lives, showing how we increasingly act as citizen archivists. The case studies for this chapter include works by Michel Duchamp; Robert Morris; Andy Warhol; Ant Farm and sosolimited.

Keywords:   cabinet of curiosity, social media, archival art, time capsules, citizen archivists, Michel Duchamp, Robert Morris, Andy Warhol, Ant Farm, sosolimited

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