Archives are very much a part of the wide-ranging conversation around materiality, and this exhibition emphasises the continuing importance of the archive object — not just as a less accessible alternative to the digital object as sometimes perceived, but as a critical resource that runs alongside and underpins the digital.
This exhibition represented the material nature of archives through themed sets of images of such things as envelopes and containers, folds and creases, marks and annotations, the nature of ink and paper — and the space and the labour of the archive. There are also some rather unexpected archive objects.
WSA Professor Jussi Parikka provided an introductory wall text:
Some of the images used:
The exhibition ran from October 2016 to February 2017