‘Archiving the future’ Print Project

CSM Archive and Study Collection

Students visited the CSM Archive, documenting and recording objects from the study collection. They used RTI to produce digital files as the basis for a project with the International Printmaking Union in Brussels over Easter.

Four CSM MA Fine Art students joined students from ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels and KASK, Antwerp for a  workshop in Brussels over Easter 2016.   

There they formed   The Department of Subjective Archaeology a hypothetical division of the PRINTMAKING UNION (a consortium of Arts Educational institutions, including for this edition: ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels; Central St Martins, London; KASK, Antwerp)

Over 5 days they produced an artists’ book in an edition of 40 copies:

(first annual report of the Department of Subjective Archaeology)

 

THE OBSERVER EFFECT

 

“           Skeuomorph is an archaeological term that denotes artefacts made from one material to imitate a form usually made from another, for example pottery based upon the forms of  basketry.

 

In  science, the term observer effect refers to changes that the act of observation will make on a phenomenon being observed. This is often the result of instruments that, by necessity, alter the state of what they measure in some manner. A commonplace example is checking the pressure in an automobile tire; this is difficult to do without letting  out some of the air, thus changing the pressure.

 

As  generations growing up to the soundtrack of No Future our instinctual response to an impending posthuman world is to upload our data, writing the details of our lives and archiving our cultural objects in the hot servers of the cloud. Here they are open to reconfiguration, transcription, transposition and interpolation.”

Brussels 2016

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