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#9 Archives

Organdi is back

par Matthieu Faullimmel

In the interview with art critic and translator Jinkook Chung, Chung provides us with what could be the opening words of this ninth issue of organdi : the need to archive the past. As a researcher for the Group for People Without History at the University of Yougnam in South Korea, Chung stresses how little of the history of people’s lives remains due to the effects of a “cannibalistic” modernization that has destroyed the presence of any real archives. Chung describes an existing urgency to collect raw materials, photos, oral testimony, and to travel to villages to find what evidence is left of daily life as it existed before this rush towards modernization. It is in midst of this reality that exists the history of people. He refers to the difficulties and challenges, especially political ones, of this work and shares with us some photographs on which he provides his commentary.

Countries other than South Korea have already created large-scale national archives, and have shifted their focus to personal archives for other reasons. Lev Lafayette is a doctoral candidate at the Ashworth Centre of Social Theory at the University of Melbourne (Australia). He also works as a systems administrator for the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing. In his article, he explores individuals’ future storage and archival uses of information. Lafayette’s theory is that increasing technological savvy will result in an increase in media accessibility and diversification, while at the same time widening the gap between users and technicians.

Archive Research Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Co-Editor of FeedBack (London-Athens), Nayia Yiakoumaki explores newly-available storage capacity, and its consequences in what Derrida called an “Archive Fever.” She is particularly interested in the ever-growing access to the archives, and asks : who will read them, interpret them, and alter them ? If archives are mausoleums of information, Yiakoumaki argues that we can doubt that archives will maintain their integrity.

Karen Ingham is a Doctor of Philosophy, researcher, and lecturer in practice-based research at the Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Technology at Swansea Institute, Wales U.K. Her practice is interdisciplinary, and in this issue of organdi, she examines the limitations and risks that new digital technologies will impose on archives. Looking back at the evolving relationship between archives and the body, she highlights with a number of examples the increasing complexity and hybrid nature of this relationship. Her thoughts are situated at the intersection of art, technology and biosciences.

We leave the conclusion of this issue to the novelists and Doménico Chiappe and multimedia artist Andreas Meier, and their exploration of a moral issue. If memory is a need, whether personal or shared, it can not be built if its own heavy nature prevents its survival. Cecilia, one of the characters in the interactive novel Tierra de Extracción (, is such an example. We publish an excerpt translated by us in English.

Happy reading, and thank you for your support and feedback. The Editos of Organdi

© Matthieu Faullimmel / Organdi 2000-2007



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