Category Archives: media archaeology

Boxes: A Field Guide — Download this new book free

Mattering Press has published this quirky book, Boxes: A Field Guide edited by Susanne Bauer, Martina Schlünder, Maria Rentetzi. This is not a book that deals explicitly with archives, but it does raise some exciting questions about archival materiality, given we often first encounter archived papers via boxes. As the Mattering Press site observes: “This […]

A Short History of the Index Card

For those who appreciate such things, this brief account of the life of the index card by Jonathan Schifman is worth a quick look. Schifman reminds us that not too long ago ‘if you wanted to find the best and most comprehensive information about anything, you headed to a library. You just had to check two things […]

Memory units

“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 […]