Accumulation Technologies: Databases and "Other" Archives

Країна: Іспанія

Місто: Barcelona

Тези до: 10.09.2017

Дати: 10.11.17 — 10.11.14

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Організатори: Global Art Archive (GAA), Art Globalization Interculturality (AGI), Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Barcelona


ACCUMULATION TECHNOLOGIES: DATABASES AND 'OTHER' ARCHIVES is an international symposium focused on archival practices. It is conducted within the framework of the Research Project Global Art Archive (GAA), and organized by Art Globalization Interculturality (AGI) and the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of Barcelona.

In the past few years archive has generated a great interest within art theories and practices, as well as in other fields of culture, such as the scientific or the academic ones. The expansion of this discussion has finally given voice to agents as data technicians and archivists, whom surely have a lot to say around the archive.

ACCUMULATION TECHNOLOGIES gathers together two discussion panels around two key issues for present archival practices: their relation with digital technologies and with alterity. This Symposium is an international event oriented towards art theory, but open to other inter-, trans-, and extra-disciplinary approaches. Aimed at applying transversal processes and methodologies, AT is addressed to academics, but also to creators and users of the archival device. We seek to open a discussion around perspectives deployed not only ‘in’ or ‘on’ the archive, but also ‘from’ it; from art and culture fields as well as from related technical areas.

As a knowledge-classifier device that is rooted in Modernity, archive is not a neutral tool. The apprehension of the world and its history are materialized inside of it. The archive irradiates stories, which are configured by the creator and user’s determinations, as well as by the structural protocols of the archive itself. The devices of management, accumulation and visualization of data are regulatory and constraining spaces. At the same time, however, they are opportunities to criticize and test contexts and narratives.

In this way, the capacity of agency of the archive is being explored through various means, from which we want to underscore some. For example, the ‘detournement’ of the archive, which turns it upside down in order to regain the power over the discourse. Or the linkage of the archive with digital data technologies, which allows a simultaneously territorialized and deterritorialized networking knowledge, and within which phenomena such as ‘Big Data’ and ‘Digital Humanities’ resonate. How is the archive applied to generate counter-discourses? How could digital technologies help in this process?


The ACCUMULATION TECHNOLOGIES International Symposium comprises these two panels:

1) Digital Humanities: data, ‘Big Data’, Dataism
Some political and media events have led to the wide dissemination of the term ‘post-truth’ within the most varied areas, from art and culture to political philosophy. ‘Big Data’ has entered into our lives, opening unsuspected possibilities to control desire, and so to control future though the so-called ‘dataism’ (Byung-Chul Han, 2014). This panel seeks to expand the discussion around the actual willingness of the Humanities, which are running towards a technical actualization through the ‘Digital Humanities’.

2) Dissenting Archives: alter, deviate, hack 
We usually give to the archival device a regulatory power, an active capacity to codify and normalize stories. Taking advantage of this power, some contemporary archives try to work in a decentered way: territorializing as they are addressed to the content and its context, and deterritorializing as they seek to carry the archive beyond itself. The structuring machine becomes a liberating machine able to generate counter-narratives.

We welcome paper submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

- Dataism, ‘Big Data’ and their relations with the artistic field
- The passage from quantitative to qualitative analysis in databases and archives 
- The ‘Digital Humanities’ phenomenon and its relation with the archival practices
- Perspectives from the archive: data technicians, archivists or artists taking these roles 
- Critical and/or dissenting art practices in/on/from the archive
- Study Cases of archives modified by their content
- Anarchive, anti-archive, de-archive, etc.

PhD Students or other researchers, academics or not, are encouraged to send proposals for a communication of maximum 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of debate.

To submit a paper, please send an abstract of maximum 400 words, in Spanish or English, with title and three keywords, along with a brief biography of maximum 150 words. Please indicate the panel within which your proposal should be located.

Register, assistance and participation are free.


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