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“When archivists speak of context, they refer to the original group of materials of which a particular object is an inextricable part.”
How can such a group of materials be distinguished from everything else that happened to be around at the moment the original group came into existence?
Who decides at what point the critical moment of origin occurred and how long it lasted?
By what criteria are individual materials given more or less priority within the group?
Why should the archival object be considered an inextricable part of this group?
How is it determined that the original context of an object, as it is inferred from a particular group of materials, reveals anything essential in the life of the object itself, rather than containing lots of things about the unacknowledged biases of the context in which we ourselves are situated?
Lastly, why is there so little material from the MoMA archives reproduced on this website? It seems like a good place to post it.
How can such a group of materials be distinguished from everything else that happened to be around at the...