“The memory-units of the past, mostly on paper, are increasingly replaced by dynamic, temporal forms of interim archiving in digital space. The transience of new archives, their ever shorter half-life, is their fate, their curse, and their opportunity.”
From Wolfgang Ernst, ART OF THE ARCHIVE. The full text is available here.
See also: Wolfgang Ernst, Digital Memory and the Archive (University of Minnesota Press 2013) and the soon to be released English language translation of Stirrings in the Archives: Order from Disorder, trans. Adam Siegel (Rowman & Littlefield 2015).