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I am really excited about this 'experiment' (or platform for experience, to sound less laboratorial) of Post as a platform for sharing part of knowledge or data from within a museum research structure in an archival structure that has relational content as its working mode. I believe that this can promote some interesting insights about how to re-think archive out of the terms of 'foundation of rational, objective knowledge'. But reflecting on the very interesting point that Uesaki Sen makes of the degree of fictitiousness that emerges from the selection of any material, how do you, at Post, are thinking about fictitiousness you are promoting when starting points of discussion by posting selected extracts of data/reflections here?
In other words, just as 'the “remains of the real” contained in the archive can bend our historical narratives to an unreliable account of the past and the present', the incorporation of any archive, or archival material, in a museum structure – and certainly a blog/website can be one of these structures – can also adulterate its meaning. Even if this starting point will be democratized by platforms of interaction and discussion, they still are, according to a Foucaultian understanding of archive, that said which is saved from an amorphous mass, hence, working as guiding statements. In being transformed in statements legitimised by the voice of a museum, how are you dealing or thinking to deal with this transformation and adulterated existence (or fictitiousness?) of the document status of artist's archives (in the Fluxus or mail art archives cases, for instance) turned into part or source of history? More than the crisis of the museum having to re-think its object-focused model for the incorporation of archives should not museums be more thoughtful and explicit about how the incorporation of an archive might mean its adulteration?
I am sure you are already reflecting about many of this issues, but it would be great to have more posts about your thoughts around that!
Despite my bombing of questions, I really enjoyed the points raised by this post, Zanna.
I am really excited about this 'experiment' (or platform for experience, to sound less laboratorial) of Post as a platform for sharing part of knowledge or data from within a museum research structure in an archival structure that has relational...