Let's say the digital revolution is over. The enthusiasm that ushered in this revolution has since become counter-balanced, if not submerged, by skepticism and disenchantment. And what we are faced with are ubiquitous surveillance, impoverishment of aesthetic experiences and trivialization of social life, the results of an - at once deep and shallow - immersion in the digital and network media. The way we access, record and archive our presence in the world has also been affected. In this post-digital situation, we all engage in some forms of archiving, whether we want to - or not. When interacting with our devices, we archive and are being archived, held captive by a densely woven net of technologies. How can this condition be approached creatively?

[Post]-[Digital]-[Archives] was an exhibition that took place between 11-20 Septemer 2017 at Inter Arts Center in Malmö. The intenton was to create a zone for the exploration of hybrid modes of personal archiving. In a loose and impromptu manner, the event presented on-going work of several practitioners who, in a poetic, humble, renegade, creative and subversive way combine digital and non-digital techniques to record, erase, archive, unarchive, remediate or demediate selected facets of everyday life in the present moment. One of the outcomes that the event gave rise to was a series of post-digital publications combining analog and digital components and focusing on practices concerned with idiosyncratic forms of documentation and archiving of everyday life and public space. More on Para-archives.net

Participants: Jacek Smolicki (curating), Olle Essvik, Malin Pettersson Öberg, Nikita Mazurov, Jenny Soep, Ronda Bautista, Lucy N.


Olle Essvik, For Objects to Come & For Years to Come

Olle Essvik, For Objects to Come

Jacek Smolicki, Acquainting / On-Going Project

Jacek Smolicki, Acquainting / On-Going Project

Malin Pettersson Öberg, Everyday Archives

Nikita Mazurov, Exothermic Data Liberation

Nikita Mazurov, Exothermic Data Liberation

Ronda Bautista, Have a Nice Parking

Ronda Bautista, Have a Nice Parking

Jenny Soep, Sound Drawing

Jenny Soep, Sound Drawing

Jacek Smolicki, Fragmentarium

Jacek Smolicki, Fragmentarium