Making Archives, Shaping History

University of Manchester

26 April, 10am, ALB G30-31

In the process of creative making archaeologists, architects, visual artists and conservators produce and assemble a massive and heterogeneous amount of visual and paper objects: correspondence, sketches and drawings, working models and simulations, observational reports and reading notes. While the fate and politics of established archives is largely tackled in the literature, the process of making archives, though key to understanding the ways of constituting historical sources, is rarely explored. Scholars from the fields of urban studies, archaeology, anthropology, visual arts and art history are invited to discuss the politics and the practices of archive making. The workshop will tackle the questions: What constitutes an archive in the arts today? What are the specific practices of archive making? How do practices of arranging, cataloguing, preserving, and maintaining objects produce structuring effects that become knowledge-shaping? How does an archive generate meaning and starts shaping certain visions and interpretations of history?


10.30 Coffee and introduction – Albena Yaneva

10.45-11.30 Vivian van Saaze, Maastricht University

“Shifting Roles and Distributed Knowledge. On Archival Practices for Conservation Purposes” 

11.30-12.15 Andrew Moon, New School for Social Research

“Arbitrary Locations of ‘History’. Archival Practice in Art + Tech From Indonesia” 

12.15-1.15 lunch break

1.15-2.00 Lesley McFadyen, Birbeck College, University of London

“Archaeological Archives – Dealing with Time in Materials and Mobile Space”

2.30-3.15 Adolfo Estalella, Spanish Research Council

“The Urban Archive: Auto-construction, Free Culture, and the City”

3.15-3.45 coffee break

3.45-5pm Panel Discussion lead by Michael Guggenheim, Goldsmith, University of London, Isabelle Doucet, University of Manchester and Albena Yaneva, University of Manchester